Today we are opening to the final and most important of all the courses needed for graduation, it is the last book of the sixty-six of God’s Word. If the Bible is like a good graduate school, then the last Book of the Bible, containing the last course God gave for us to know Him, maybe perhaps the most important of all. Why would such a difficult book of the Bible be most important? Because God sent it last, as the closing wrap up to everything He ever said. That’s why:
We Need to See Each Piece as a Part of the Whole
The Bible was sent from God to us. But the Bible that we hold in our hands this morning is for many of us, much like a puzzle box that has 31,103 pieces. That is how many verses there are in the Bible, and that’s how many different little bits of the “big picture” are spread across the sixty-six books of the Bible.
But God chose to end the course of His Bible with a summary, a wrap up of everything in all the other 65 parts of the book. One of the biggest tools to getting a grasp on the Bible is to see that:
in the book of Revelation, God summarizes His plan.
in the book of Revelation, God ties together everything He starts in all the other parts of the Bible.
in the book of Revelation, God explains how all of the other parts of the Bible fit together.
It would be fair to say that Revelation contains the key to fitting all of the other pieces of the puzzle together, much like we turn to the front of the puzzle box and look at the complete picture. Then, with the entire scope of how everything fits, we can grab any individual piece and see a section it belongs to. We can also sort pieces into groupings and know that even if they are not completely pieced together, we know for sure what they are a part of in the big picture.
That metaphor of Revelation being the big picture on the front of the box is the key to meshing all those confusing 31,103 individual little verse pieces that we read each time we open to any part of God’s Word.
Grab & Hold the Big Picture
There is One Author and One Plan presented in the Scriptures, and the Author Himself sends to us the key to fit it all together.
He sent the cover for the box, the last course of study, the summary of all that He has said, written so that we could understand what His plans have been since Creation, what they are at this very moment, and what they will be when we enter eternity to dwell with Him forever.
That is what a study through Revelation does: it ties together the whole Book, makes every piece fit, and shows us what God wants from us RIGHT NOW! That is why there is no book we could ever study that could more deeply impact our ability to know God than this book we are entering back into today. So here we go.
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