The Book of Revelation is full of powerful images – most of them we don’t understand. On the other hand, one of the simplest visions to comprehend is this image of John having a vision of risen Christ and falling down before him. Jesus says to him “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living one. I was dead, and see, I am alive for ever and ever; and I have the keys of Death and of Hades.” Jesus has risen and has conquered death. Whatever else might be in the book of Revelation – whatever visions or prophesies or images we might not understand, we can understand this – Jesus is Risen and he’s in charge of everything. That’s the bottom line.
In this season of Christmas we are thinking a lot about how God came into the world, born of a virgin – he came to be with us because he loved us. His love for us is His motivation – the same must also be true at the last judgment – his love for us – that is everlasting , and while we will stand before Jesus on the last day to receive our judgment – we can hear those same words John heard – “do not be afraid” because just as He loved us to come to us, so He will love us when He judges us.