Advent is not only our celebratory look back at the first coming of God to us, but it is also a joyful look forward to God’s coming again. In John’s Revelation, we are given a wonderful promise that when Jesus comes, all our hopes will be fulfilled. It is the expression of self-revelation; this is the hope of life revealed by Jesus Himself.
This Word affirms the power of Jesus. As Jesus says, “I am the first and the Last,” we are comforted in the knowledge that there is Someone we can trust to have control when things seem to be out of control.
As we go about our lives, many are the forces that will come against us—suffering, jealousy, anger, abuse of power, etc. They are inescapable and undeniable. But this Word makes it plain that above those powers, there is the power of Jesus Christ.
This Word reminds us that there is fidelity in Jesus. John had a background of experience with Jesus. John was there when Jesus had healed the sick, given sight to the blind, walked on the water and fed multitudes with two fish and five barley loaves. And John could rely on his experience with the Lord to know that Jesus is faithful.
This is more than a future hope; it is a present reality. God will not us down. If we took a personal survey, we would attest to the many times God has heard our cries and pitied our groans. Even now, we can hope continually in God, and praise Him because He has never let us down.
This Word reminds us that there is triumph in Jesus Christ. The greatest reward of knowing Jesus is our assurance for tomorrow. The saved know that, when they die, Heaven is theirs.
John’s response to this Word from Jesus—“Yes. Come, Master Jesus!”— Literally, the word is not, “Yes,” but, “Amen,” which means, “so be it.” Our expectation is that Jesus will come to bring salvation to a glorious conclusion, to complete all that He has prophesied and promised in His Word.