Tuesday 19 April 2022

Bible Book:

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he placed his right hand on me, saying, 'Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living one.' (vs 17-18)

Revelation 1:4-18 Tuesday 19 April 2022

Psalm 33


John (likely the Apostle John) wrote the last book in the Bible called Revelation, from which today's passage comes, to the seven churches towards the end of the first century AD. In his introduction to the book, he describes having revelations from Jesus Christ which he shares with all those who will read, hear and take to heart the message of Christ. In the first chapter John shared his vision of Christ walking amongst his churches. In later chapters he has specific God-given visions and messages for each of the churches. His greeting to his readers is grace and peace from God: "'I am the Alpha and the Omega,' says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." (v. 8). In this way, John indicates what he is about to share is from the Lord himself. He reminds the people they are loved and called to serve God, being brought into a relationship with God through Jesus' death. John describe his vision and encounter with Jesus that caused him to fall at his feet as though dead. Jesus puts his hand on John and says “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living one. I was dead, and see, I am alive forever and ever; and I have the keys of Death and of Hades." (vs 17-18Jesus shares with John the meaning of his vision for the churches and what it represents.

John’s encounter with the Lord caused him to drop as though dead at his feet. He was afraid, overwhelmed. The Lord touched him, renewing his strength and told him not to be afraid. Many situations can overwhelm us and cause us to fear. We are still experiencing a pandemic and are overwhelmed by news of war in Ukraine and people fleeing for their lives. There have even been reports of a possible third world war – all of which can cause us to fear. On a more mundane level, individuals have their own fears for themselves, family  and friends. John writes later of the conflicts Christ faces but reassures that he is in control and has the victory. He writes to inspire hope in his readers in the midst of sufferings, for all those who will hear and take Christ’s message to heart, “Grace and peace to you, do not be afraid”.


To Ponder:

  • As you read the passage was there anything that surprised you? Was there any particular insights that you found helpful?
  • What overwhelms you and perhaps causes you to fear, and how do you cope?
  • Can you place yourself in the account where Jesus touched John and said “Do not be afraid”?


Lord, we thank you that we are known and beloved by you. We thank you that you walk with us, strengthening us to face this day. You call us to cast our burdens – the things that overwhelm us – upon you. You carry these for us and speak deep peace into our hearts and minds. It is a peace that passes all understanding, for you are the Alpha and Omega, the Prince of Peace. Restore within us faith where there has been fear. Amen.

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