10/09/2016 – Revelation 22:6-21 – “Look! Is that Him?”

Mark Wheeler

Revelation 22:6-21

Awaiting the Bridegroom: “Look! Is that Him?”

10/09/2016

Lidgerwood Presbyterian Church

 

Lord Jesus, open our minds and hearts to Your truth, through the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God. Amen.

 

Today we come to the end of our 9-Sunday sermon series taking us through the last book of the Bible. We have tried to take out the fear of reading this confusing apocalypse, but instead we have viewed this book using the simple words that introduce it.

We remember that the Apostle John, one of Jesus’ closest associates and friends, the one who wrote the Gospel According to John, while in seclusion on a remote island in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Ephesus, Turkey, received this revelation from Jesus Himself. By definition, the scary book of Revelation is meant to be a simple unveiling, revealing, exposing, of Jesus’ divine end-game – written almost as a love letter from the Bridegroom to His beloved Bride, from Jesus to the Church.

 

Today’s reading from the Word of God reveals the last promise from Jesus to us. Listen to the Word of God. Listen carefully. Follow along in your Sermon Notes (or in your own Bibles).

  • Listen for something God is telling you today.
  • What Good News do you hear?
  • How does this chapter make you feel?
  • What/how are you changed by this passage?

Listen carefully, because in a minute you’re going to share something with your neighbor.

Hear the Word of God from Revelation 22:6-21….—-

The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”

10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near.  11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

12 Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

20 He who testifies to these things says, Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

 

Take  minute. Review your Sermon Notes. Remember what you heard.

 

Turn to your neighbor. And listen again. Listen as your neighbor tells you what she heard.

  • What is God telling you today.
  • What Good News do you hear?
  • How does this chapter make you feel?
  • What/how are you changed by this passage?

 

Not everybody, but let’s have a few of you share what you heard your neighbor tell you.

 

What was Jesus’ last promise – stated three times in this passage (vv 7, 12, 20)? [I am coming again – soon.]

 

In response to that promise, What is the prayer John utters for us all – and that perhaps we pray ever since?  [Come Lord Jesus! Maranatha! Come Lord Jesusbefore the elections!]

 

Look at your Call to Worship that Kathy led us in. That comes from Paul’s second letter to the Church in Corinth.

What are some ways in which we let God’s Word soak from our heads down to our hearts, allowing it to change us, shape us, into greater holiness (as our choir sang earlier) in the image of God? 

 

And how do we wait for Jesus to return? The very last verse of the Bible offers us the grace of the Lord Jesus. And we pray, Come Lord Jesus.

 

And Jesus promises that He will! Amen.

 

Resources:

Currie, Susan Porterfield; Revelation: Awaiting the Bridegroom; Presbyterians for Renewal; Louisville, KY; 2010; Pp. 97-110.

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