Revelation, the Bible’s last book, describes Jesus as our living Lord. He is alive. He reigns from His throne in the heavenly temple. The affairs of this world are in His hands. He watches constantly over His children. Everything that concerns us, concerns Him. Our resurrected Lord ministers before God’s throne on our behalf. As we gaze into heaven through the eyes of Scripture this month, we will once again marvel at His infinite love and tender care.
1. How did John describe Jesus, our resurrected Savior?
“Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth” (Rev. 1:4, 5).
Jesus is the _____________________ witness.
Jesus is the _____________________ from the ____________________________________.
Jesus is the _____________________ over the _____________________________of the earth.
Jesus, the faithful witness, understands each experience we pass through. He has conquered death itself, so He is fully capable of handling any challenge we face. From His throne He guides the destiny of our planet. Our ultimate future is in His hands.
2. What did Jesus declare about Himself?
“I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death” (Rev. 1:18).
Jesus was dead, but now is ______________________________________________________.
3. What promise did Jesus give to the church at Philadelphia in Revelation 3?
“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name” (Rev. 3:8).
God has set before the church an __________________________________________________.
In Revelation 4:1 John stood amazed as he looked and saw a door standing open in heaven. Gazing up into heaven, he saw the Father seated upon His throne amid the praise and adoration of the entire universe. In chapter 5 Jesus, the slain Lamb, now the living Priest, stands in our behalf. He is there at the Father’s throne interceding for us. When the question is raised, “Who is worthy to open the scroll?” (verse 2), Jesus steps forth. He is the only one in all of heaven who is worthy. There at the throne of God our interceding priest presents His perfect, sinless life on our behalf. He presents the merits of His atoning sacrifice before all of heaven just for us.
4. Where is Jesus now?
“Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man” (Heb. 8:1, 2).
Is there a real sanctuary in heaven? Circle the right answer.
In your own words, write why it is so encouraging to know that Jesus is alive and ministering in heaven’s sanctuary.
“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25).
Jesus ever lives to make _________________________________________________________.
The entire purpose of Jesus’ life—the reason He ever lives— is to save us. Nothing is more important to Him. Heaven would hold no joy for Him if we were not there with Him.
6. What gracious invitation did the apostle Paul make?
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:15, 16).
Our Lord invites us to the _______________of ______________________________________.
So that we may obtain _________________and find ___________________to help in time of need.
Jesus, our interceding High Priest, stands before God’s throne to present His perfect righteousness in the place of our unrighteousness. All that we are not, He is. He provides pardon for our past and power for our present. In Jesus we find mercy and strength, comfort and hope, joy in our sorrow. He not only understands our needs, but He is fully capable of doing something about them. He not only offers sympathy, He offers help in times of need.
What a wonderful Savior is Jesus, our Lord. Our interceding High Priest—Jesus Christ, the resurrected Lord—provides everything necessary for us to live happy, contented, grace-filled, obedient Christian lives. Place your faith in the living Christ today. Focus your attention on heaven’s sanctuary and rejoice in all that Jesus offers you.
Next month’s Bible study will outline “Revelation’s End-time Conflict.”