It had been many years since the apostle John shared a fish breakfast, on the shores of Galilee, with Jesus Christ. He had seen the Lord on several occasions after His resurrection. Now, in the twilight of his life, banished by the Roman Emperor to the island of Patmos, John receives another view of the living Christ. Jesus said, “Behold, I am alive for evermore” (Revelation 1:18).
These five words capture the uniqueness of Christianity and the gospel message. The world is full of different religions. Some have billions of followers while others have only a few devotees, but at their core all of them are about what man can do to gain God’s favor. They are based on the writings of men long dead. Christianity is about what God has done for us through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Christianity is based on a living Savior.
The words, “I am alive for evermore” should startle and amaze us. Resurrection is not normal in human affairs. All humanity is under a death sentence. Graveyards abound in every city. Death, which is the result of sin, is all around us. The Bible makes clear that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). “Death passed upon all men, for all have sinned” (Romans 5:12) and death is the future of every man and woman born into our world.
It is amazing that this resurrected Man who John saw was God’s Son, Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus is the source of all life and the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. As the Son of God, He is perfectly righteous. Death had no claim on Him because He never sinned. Yet, the Son of God voluntarily died and suffered the wrath of God for our sins. “He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9:26). Christ died so that your sins could be forgiven. “He was buried, and…He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:4). By raising the Lord Jesus, God was declaring His acceptance of the death of Christ on our behalf. The work of salvation is finished. The Savior has conquered death and lives again! Christ is alive “for evermore.” The death of Jesus Christ provided eternal redemption, and will never become obsolete, lose its effectiveness, or fail to satisfy God’s righteousness.
Christianity is about a relationship with a living Saviour. John was called upon to ‘behold’ this risen Man. You must also respond to Him. His resurrection guarantees that you will meet Him – either as Judge or Savior. Put your trust in Him and your sins will be forgiven.
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