Today’s Reading: Revelation 11-22
Key Verse: I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. Revelation 21:3
May our focus and our aim be to set our gaze upon Christ and to look forward to His coming for His bride the church.
Today we will finish our journey through the New Testament in 2016 and start some advent devotionals for the rest of this week. It’s very fitting at Revelations 21 also mentions God making is home among his people. What a wonderful reminder of what Christmas is all about! The wonder of Immanuel.
Remember the prophesy in Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Then in Matthew 1:23, Matthew recalls this prophesy and gives a little interpretation to it. He wrote, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” What was so important about the name Immanuel? It spoke of who Jesus is. It wasn’t so much His given name—it was His title. Just like Christ is His title. Christ means messiah or anointed one. Immanuel means God with us. God sent His only Son to come in the flesh, God incarnate. God in the human form of a man. Fully God and fully man.
Why? According to John 1:14, in order to dwell among us. The root of the word translated “dwell” in John 1:14 literally means “tent” or “tabernacle”. It’s the exact same word that’s used twice in this verse of our passage. The “tabernacle” of God is with men. He will “dwell” with them. You see, when Jesus came in the flesh on that first Christmas, He didn’t just come for 33 years and then leave. He wasn’t only “with” us for that short period of time.
God came in the flesh and dwelt among men. He was crucified in the flesh and died in the flesh. But three days later, He rose again in a new glorified flesh. And 40 days after that, He ascended into Heaven. And one day, Jesus as the tabernacle of God will not just be spiritually walking in our midst, but He will be physically walking in our midst. He will dwell with us. We shall be His people. Jesus, as God of very God will be with us and will be ever before us as our God.
No more Baby in the manger. No more suffering servant. No more lowly and mild lamb. He will be before us as the Lamb who was worthy to be slain before the foundations of the world. He will be before us as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. King or Kings and Lord of Lord. Jesus is coming back for his bride the church.