The Last Word and Testimony of Jesus Christ
Text: Rev. 22:20-21
Intro: I must confess to a weakness for books, mainly theological books, and particularly old books. My weakness recently caused me to purchase The World's Great Letters, an out-of-print book from 1940, edited by M. Lincoln Schuster of Simon & Shuster Publ. Browsing through the book, I came across some letters written by "famous" people upon their impending demise. What interested me were the thoughts of these individuals immediately before death. Here regret and wisdom share the same page of advice for those left behind, and those yet to come. Listen to these examples:
Dostoevsky, the renown author, said, "When I look back at the past and think how much time has been wasted in vain, how much time was lost in delusions, in errors, in idleness, in ignorance of how to live, how I did not value time, how often I sinned against my heart and spirit--my heart bleeds."
John Brown, the fanatical Abolitionist, said to his family, "I beseech you every one to make the Bible your dayly & nightly study.... You cannot imagine how much you may soon need the consolation of the Christian religion."
Sir Walter Raleigh, historian & explorer, said to his wife, "The great God ruleth all in all, but if you live free from want, care for no more, for the rest is but vanity. Love God, and begin betimes to repose your self upon Him, and therein shall you find true and lasting riches, and endless comfort: for the rest when you have travailed and wearied your thoughts over all sorts of worldly pleasures, you shall but sit down by sorrow in the end."
From these last recorded words of men, I began to wonder about the last words of our Lord Jesus Christ. What did He say? Did He leave a blessing or a warning? What words would He choose to sum up all that He wished to say as His last recorded legacy to His children, and to the world? Certainly, His last recorded words would be of great interest and importance to all men in general and to believers in particular.
Rev. 22:20-21"The Last Word & Testimony of Jesus Christ" prayer.
And so we see our Lord's last recorded words are a clear and concise affirmation of His soon return. Consider:
I. HE, WHO IS COMING. II. THE TESTIMONY OF CHRIST TO HIS COMING III. THE COMING OF CHRIST. IV. THE WILL OF CHRIST CONCERNING HIS COMING. V. THE GRACE OF CHRIST TO AWAIT HIS COMING
I. HE WHO IS COMING ("He which") v20
In other words, Who
is this One Whose testimony Of His soon coming we are called upon to
believe? And not only to believe, but to conform the remainder of our lives
A. He is the
Note: I believe that Christ's sacrificial death was, first and foremost, God-ward, secondarily man-ward. The death was for God, the benefits were for man. Christ's death on Calvary did not "atone" (cover) man's sin, it did not "expiate" (cancel) man's sin, it "propitiated" (satisfied/appeased) the wrath of God in regards to man's sin-nature. In other words, His death made it possible for God to look with favor upon your repentance and faith unto eternal life, through Jesus Christ.
became your substitute (1 Pet. 3:18), bearing your sins, so that upon your
reception of Christ as your Saviour, you were justified (just as if you
never sinned) before God.
B. He is God
C. I Am (v13,
D. The Alpha &
Beginning & the End (v13)
F. The First &
the Last (v13)
Note: Though these three titles are all used separately in the O.T. and the N.T., it is only here that they are gathered together in one grand exclamation.
F. Jesus (v16)
G. Root and
Offspring of David
G. Bright &
Morning Star (v16)
H. Water of
I. Lord Jesus
J. Lord Jesus
Note: Each of these designations of Christ give credence and authority to the testimony of His soon coming. He has all the abilities and attributes necessary to do as He wills. And He wills to come quickly!
TESTIMONY OF CHRIST TO HIS COMING (v20)
B. These things
Note: Not just the "things" of v18-19. Not just the "things" of the 22nd chapter. Not just the "things" of the book of Revelation. Not just the "things" of the N.T., but the witness to His coming, spans Gen. 1:1 to this last passage in Rev.
III. THE COMING
OF CHRIST (v20)
Note: Just as "these things" encompasses the entirety of the Bible's teachings on His second coming, so this term encompasses the sum of the events associated with His coming. Just as nothing can stop His coming, everything spoken of will occur at His coming. His coming is "sure," as to its fact, "sure" as to its entirety, and "sure" as to its effect.
mentions, all in Rev. ("I come quickly")
Note: Every aspect of this church and your life is to revolve around the truth of Christ's coming!
B. Quick Coming
Note: Skeptics have always said, "And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation" (2 Pet. 3:4). But what is the difference between a skeptic and us if the coming of Christ has no effect on our lives?
IV. THE WILL OF
CHRIST CONCERNING HIS COMING (v20b)
B. The wish of
the servants (v20)
Note: It is said you can tell what a man is by what he is wishing for. What are you wishing for?
2. Come =
"the act of coming"
V. THE GRACE OF
CHRIST TO AWAIT HIS COMING (v21)
Concl: The watchword of the ancient Baptist church was the anticipation of the soon return of Jesus Christ. When you lose that, you lose your proper perspective of the circumstances you find yourself in and the world around you. Sickness and infirmity seem much more serious. Sin doesn't seem so sinful, hell doesn't seem so hot, and lost souls don't seem so destitute. But the last word and testimony of our Lord has not changed over these 2000 years, "Surely, I come quickly." The last word and testimony of Jesus Christ is a surety of His return, a warning of His return, and encouragement to live in the expectation of His return.
Are you saved? Are you ready?
20__Lord! Will it find me more like Thee?
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