Our Blessed Lord in Revelation 1

John Stubbs

He Loveth - (v. 5)

The three names of the Lord here are very expressive and show the Lord in the different aspects of His person. They may well link with the three major divisions of the book. The Lord is seen as the Faithful Witness in chapters 1 to 3; faithfully He bears witness to the seven churches. He gives unerring assessment of their condition. In chapters 4 to 18 He is the First Begotten from the dead. He has triumphed over death and is seen glorified in heaven. There He is throughout the awful tribulation period. The Church is not seen in these chapters. She is in heaven with the risen and exalted Lord. In chapters 19 to 22 the Lord is presented as the prince of the kings of the earth. He will come forth to reign at His Second Advent. So we have the kingdom and all the wonderful events which follow. This same person is the One who loveth. He loves me as the faithful witness. "As many as I love I rebuke and chasten" (3:19). He loves me as the first begotten of the dead. He serves me in love as my great High Priest in heaven. He loves me as the Prince. He will still show His love for me in the future and display to the world that He does so. "1 will make them to know... that I have loved thee!"

He Cometh - (v. 7)

Here we have the personal return of the Lord to the earth. It is different from what we have in Rev. 22: "Surely I come quickly." The response of John there is "even so come Lord Jesus." Notice the response of John in Ch. 1, "Even so, amen." He can say Amen to the second advent truth, but he does not say "even so come Lord Jesus." The reason here is that this is not the Rapture but the Revelation. The Lord coming for the Church is the first event in God’s prophetic program. The Second Advent will be no secret matter (see Matt. 24:26-28). Notice how the attention is directed to His Person. It is "He cometh." Certainly angels will be with Him and the saints will be with Him, but it will be His glory alone which will be seen. It is like Revelation 19 where the battle of Armageddon is mentioned. There is no long description of the battle, but there is of Christ. At that time He shall be admired in all them that believe. What a moment that will be.

He Liveth - (v. 18)

Here is the one who has triumphed over death. He voluntarily laid down His life. God did not only raise him, but He raised Himself from the dead. He did not remain passive in the resurrection. Every possible power was at work to try to prevent His rising from the dead. It is so reassuring to remember that governmental power seen in the Romans, religious power seen in the priests and elders of the Jews, and military power seen in the soldiers was completely set aside with divine ease. The word for John and us is "fear not; I am the First and the Last."

These three great truths, HE LOVETH, HE COMETH, HE LIVETH must have been a great cheer to John in His exile on the isle of Patmos. What a wonderful threefold presentation of Christ this is. HIS PERPETUAL LOVE, HIS PERSONAL RETURN and HIS POWERFUL RESURRECTION. The first should inspire my love for Him. The next should inspire my hope in Him and the third should inspire my faith in Him. Thus we have faith, love and hope. Beloved think on these things!