Summary: This final sermon in the Revelation series covers what it is like in our eternal dwelling place and some final warnings.
How Does The Story End?
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last."
14Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
15But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
16"I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star." 17And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
18For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;
19and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
21The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Some people like to read the last chapter of a book
to see if it turns out to their liking.
Well, several months ago we began reading Revelation.
Now we come to the end.
This is the last inspired word from God.
These final verses carry an important message.
Jesus is coming back!
As an added incentive for us to do and be what is right,
we are told to be ready for Jesus’ return.
He reminds us just who He is.
If we really know and understood who Jesus is,
we will not have any trouble being ready for His return.
VERSE 1: I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last."
The term “Alpha and Omega” is also found
In all 3 cases, it refers to Jesus.
Remember that the New Testament
was originally written down in the Greek language.
Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters
of the Greek alphabet.
Jesus follows that up by calling Himself “the Beginning and the End”
Genesis chapter 1 contains the description of creation.
The Hebrew word there translated to the English word “God”
It’s a plural noun meaning that the Holy Trinity,
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
were all involved in the creation.
Jesus was born into human flesh at Bethlehem.
Yet, He has always been in existence.
Jesus had no beginning and He will have no end.
Jesus further calls Himself, “the First and the Last”.
The prophet Isaiah says this about Jesus in 41:4
Who has performed and done it,
Calling the generations from the beginning? '
I, the LORD, am the first; And with the last I am He.' "
These terms together mean that Jesus
is the beginning, middle, and end for the Christian.
Leave Jesus out of your life
and there is no refuge from the storm,
no healing for the sick,
no life for the dead.
There is no gospel worth thinking if Jesus is forgotten.
VERSE 14: Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
A blessing is promised by Jesus Himself.
Blessed are those who do His commandments.
Doing His commandments does not earn us eternal life,
but it is evidence that we have been granted eternal life.
However, there is a blessing in doing His commandments.
His commandments are good and right for us.
You will never regret obeying His commandments!
Jesus says one of the results of obeying them
is access to the “tree of life”.
A tree of life existed in the Garden of Eden.
Adam and Eve were permitted to eat of any tree in the Garden
except the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Adam was cast out of the Garden of Eden.
No longer could he eat from the Tree of Life.
It was beyond his reach.
Physical death began to enter the human race.
Adam began to die!
Through faith in Jesus,
we may inherit the eternal life Adam forfeited.
Jesus says back in chapter 2 verse 7,
To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God." '
In Verse 13 Jesus goes on to say, “and may enter through the gates into the city.”