THE FIRST VISION (Part 1)
by Pastor Santos Yao
The book of Revelation contains 4 visions. The First Vision was detailed in chapters 1 -3. Essentially it is the vision of the glorified Christ and His message to the 7 churches in Asia. There are two parts in this vision. The first part speaks of the resurrected Christ (1:9-20). He is the Lord and Master Who is sending His message to His churches. The second part consists of the 7 letters of Christ to the churches (chapters 2-3).
As we examine the background of the first vision, we would find:
1. The circumstances of the vision vv. 9-11
2. The Christ of the vision vv. 12-16
In the first advent, Christ came as the “Suffering Servant” (cf. Mk. 10:45). He came to die in our behalf in order to redeem us from our sins. But in His second advent, He is coming as the “Conquering King”. He is the “King of kings”, and the “Lord of lords”. Jesus is not only alive, He is the Almighty King Who is in control of everything. Hence, as we go through tough times, we must remember that He is always in control. For you and me, He will always “cause all things to work together” for our good.