I’ve just sat and read through the book of Revelation all in one go, not getting stuck into details but just wanting to get the big picture. So, what’s the big picture, you ask? Is it pretty? Is it a nice picture? Is it comforting and encouraging? We know it’s about Jesus coming back, so that’s supposed to be nice, right? He’s coming to bring peace on earth and everything will be wonderful and…
Yes, it will be wonderful – for those who have accepted him as Lord, for those who have chosen to accept his offer of salvation and have been faithful to him. This book is a message to Christians, to encourage us when we’re suffering persecution – stand firm, keep trusting Jesus, he’s going to come back one day and sort everything out. It may sometimes feel like the powers of evil are in control, but no – God is sovereign and he is only allowing this stuff for a limited time. One day he’s going to put a stop to all this.
But the story has two parallel strands – a happy ending for those who have been following Jesus faithfully, and a seriously terrible ending for those who have not. If your concept of Jesus is based on him being meek and mild, I recommend sitting down and reading Revelation for a bit of a reality check, a reminder of the wrath of God and the terrible judgement to come!
Which takes me to the title of this post. Is Jesus scary or is he comforting? You decide which it’s going to be for you. You can have the comfort of knowing you’re safe in him for eternity – the offer is open to all! But if you reject this offer, then the day of his return is going to be very scary for you. The offer of salvation is open to all – for now. But one day it will be too late.
Get in now, while you still can. Jesus died on the cross so that anyone who believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life! On the third day he rose again, and he is seated at the right hand of the Father – and he is coming back to reign over the world. His kingdom will be wonderful and perfect – but those who refuse him will be left out and will suffer eternal torment.
Comforting or scary? You choose. It all depends on how you respond to him. He is calling people to repentance – and offering total forgiveness to those who do repent and put their faith in him. Jesus has done the really tough part – now the ball is in your court. Choose wisely. Choose life!