Monday in the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Revelation 1:5-7

He Is Coming with the Clouds

Because there were so many things to talk about yesterday and it seemed odd to me to divide the passage in the middle, I have carved out a few verses embedded in verses four through eight today; namely verses five through seven which speak specifically of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Lord has historically been understood by the Church in his three offices of prophet, priest, and king.  When we think of him as “prophet,” we consider his teaching ministry which was even more important to him than his ministry of healing, the latter primarily used to confirm the former (Mark 1:35-39).  As “priest,” we think of his death, resurrection, ascension, and session at the Father’s right hand where he intercedes for us having been the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  As “king,” we regard his sovereign rule over the world which shall one day be made visible to all in a kingdom of righteousness and justice when he returns to fetch his Bride.  We see these three offices referred to in verse five where he is called faithful witness (prophet), firstborn from the dead (priest), and ruler of kings on earth (king). 

The passage continues highlighting his priesthood and the priesthood he has given us: “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father….”  It seems to me (and I may be wrong) that of the three, it is his priesthood that takes front and center as our Lord’s role in the economy of the Trinity is especially that of Mediator—or at least it is his priesthood that is front and center under the present dispensation where we live between his comings.  And not only is he our priest but has made us a “kingdom of priests,” that is, people who are to be priests on earth at the present time—praying, healing, ministering, and testifying to others “proclaim[ing] the excellencies of him who called [us] out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). 

But we are reminded again of his kingship which though now hidden shall soon be revealed to all—which is the climax of this Book.  “To him be glory and dominion forever and ever” because “he is coming on the clouds and every eye will see him,” including those who pierced him (Jew and Gentile alike).  And they shall wail (mourn) on account of him (18:9-19).  Why?  Because the King has come to exact judgment upon the earth, to reward his faithful ones and punish the wicked, to make the first last and the last first (Matthew 20:16).  “Even so.  Amen.”  Can you say those words?  You better.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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