In last month’s post, we looked at three aspects of Jesus, His faithfulness to the Father, the fact that He was the Firstborn from the dead and how He is the Ruler of the kings of the earth. Let’s look further in the chapter and learn more about this magnificent Jesus.
“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father —to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.” ~ Revelation 1:5-6 (NIV)
The Apostle John was gripped by the love Jesus had for him. Throughout the gospel he wrote, John refers to himself as ‘the disciple who Jesus loved.’ He was absolutely convinced of Jesus’s love for him, and confident enough in that love to define himself by it. I long to have that confidence in Jesus’s love for me. I long to be like Paul, who never recovered from the fact that Jesus loved him and said, “The life I now live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
That confidence in Jesus’s love is not elusive and not exclusive to the apostles. The Lord wants every one of us to be equally confident in His love for us. How do we gain such confidence? It’s through thankfulness. Take a moment right now and thank Him for His love. Thank Him for His love until you feel the warmth of His love flooding your heart. He freed you from your sins with His blood—with His blood—there is no doubt that He loves you! Nowhere in the Bible does it say that He loves the angels (He may, it just doesn’t say it), but this is one of many places where the Bible says He loves you! Thank Him again for His love.
Not only does He love us, but he bestows honor on us. He has made us to be a kingdom of priests, or as it says in the NKJV, He has made us to be kings and priests to serve His God and Father.
This is an echo of Exodus 19:6 where God calls the nation of Israel to be a “kingdom of priests”. First Peter 2:9 says the same thing when he tells his readers they are, “a royal priesthood”.
The Lord calls us to love Him with all of our heart, our mind, our soul and our strength because He loves us with that intensity. The Lord calls us to honor Him because He honors us. To Him be the glory and power forever! Amen! In other words, whatever He gives to us, we give back to Him. To whoever has, more will be given.
Notice how Jesus calls us to serve His Father. Jesus died for us so we could be kings and priest to His Father. Jesus is always pointing to His Father and how He wants our relationship to the Father restored (simply look at Luke 15 for further evidence). The Father Himself loves you (John 16:27). The Father Himself loves you! The same love the Father has for Jesus He has for you (John 17:26). Allow yourself to be warmed and transformed by His love.