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Saturday, 10 June 2017

The exaltation of Jesus (Rev 12)

It is obvious that Jesus, in sending the vision to John, wanted him to share with other believers the situation in heaven as they were suffering on earth. First, they should remember that the Father took Jesus to the heavenly throne. The idea behind ‘caught up’ is that of a rapid snatch, but he was not taken there to escape the troubles of earth, as if he was being rescued. Instead, the rapidity points to the eagerness with which the Saviour was exalted by the Father.

Second, they should remember why Jesus has been exalted. Psalm 2 is quoted where reference is made to him having universal power. Ruling with a rod of iron does not suggest that he is cruel, but instead points to the fact that he has complete control over those who oppose him and ignore his claims. All the opposition against the church does not reduce the authority of Jesus – he remains in complete control even when things may not look like it.

Third, the ascension of Jesus was an incredible step forward in the plan of God for bringing salvation to his people. It guarantees the success of his kingdom and the security of his people. They are described as having already won the victory, even although some of them, those from future centuries, had not yet been born when John received the vision.

Fourth, the followers of the exalted Saviour are more than conquerors through him. Since they have been forgiven and cleansed by his blood, they express great loyalty to him, even willing to sacrifice their lives, because it is the outflow of love. Here we have a huge contrast between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness. The kingdom of light is marked by love and the kingdom of darkness is marked by hate.

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