My reading guide had me read Revelation 1. There is something here that is said 3 times in one chapter. Maybe it’s important.
“This letter is from John to the seven churches in the province of Asia. Grace and peace to you from the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come; from the sevenfold Spirit before his throne; and from Jesus Christ. He is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world. All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us.
Revelation 1:4-5 – NLT
Jesus repeats this twice more.
‘“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.”’
Revelation 1:8 – NLT
“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.
Revelation 1:17-18 – NLT
From my days repeating the creeds during church worship I remember some parts of them.
He was. Jesus is eternally begotten of the father. He always was.
He was crucified, died and was buried and he rose Again from the grave. He is.
He will return. He is still to come.
Remember the prayer Jesus taught us? Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Jesus is the returning King.
May he find us, may he find me, busy, working and serving for his kingdom.