“The Epilogue” (Revelation 22:12-21)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist Church/Sunday PM, July 5, 2015
Revelation 22:12–21 (NIV)
12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.
1. Christ, the Alpha and the Omega, will bring both salvation and judgment at his coming (vv. 12-16).
a. Salvation: The reward for Christ’s people at his coming (vv. 12-14)
See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. (Isa. 40:10, NIV)
b. Judgment: The exclusion from paradise for the wicked (v. 15).
2. In light of Christ’s coming, we are provided with a joyous invitation and a solemn warning (vv. 17-19).
a. A joyous invitation: come and drink the water of life (v. 17)
b. A solemn warning: don’t tamper with Christ’s message, but obey it (vv. 18-19).
Now, Israel, hear the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land the LORD, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. 2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you. (Deut. 4:1-2, NIV)
20 The LORD will never be willing to forgive them; his wrath and zeal will burn against them. All the curses written in this book will fall on them, and the LORD will blot out their names from under heaven. 21 The LORD will single them out from all the tribes of Israel for disaster, according to all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law. (Deut. 29:20-21, NIV)
3. John’s final benediction (vv. 20-21).
a. Jesus’ testimony: “I am coming soon”
b. John’s amen: “Come, Lord Jesus.”
c. John’s benediction: “The Lord’s grace to God’s people.”
Main Idea: In light of Christ’s soon coming, may we accept his invitation to find eternal life and heed his warning so that we may be partakers of his grace.