By Pastor Raul Granillo
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. (Rev. 22:20-21 NIV).
Those are the last two verse in the Holy Bible. They are out of a book that is very often a source of fear, confusion, and division. When read properly, these feelings are unfounded. The book of Revelation is not about a great battle, nor is it about weird happenings on earth. The book is about revealing to the 1st and 2nd century Christian just how easy it is to get caught up in the world and how that action leads to death. For us today, it often reveals that we have forgotten the first two verses in the Holy Bible.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. (Gen. 1:1-2 NIV).
The creation narrative intentionally opens with a dark scene: A world that is nothing more than chaos and emptiness. It is only when the presence of God is found over this world that the chaos and emptiness begin to take order and purpose. This is the common message that is interweaved into every word of the Holy Scriptures.
Humans suffer the effects of chaos and emptiness while trying to create their own order and purpose. Instead, humans commonly end up leaving this life with more chaos and emptiness than we started with. It is only when we take our rightful place in the presence of God that He interjects order and purpose in place our chaos and emptiness.
The Old Testament reveals a loving God who relentlessly pursues humanity so that He can pour out His grace upon them and bring them order and purpose. Through Jesus, we find the manifestation of God’s love for humanity. God Himself takes on flesh. God Himself brings His presence, physically, into the world simply to offer wholeness to the broken, love to the disdained, and peace to the frustrated. By His death and resurrection, He offers an opportunity, to anyone, to live eternally in His presence where there is no chaos or emptiness.
This has very real implications for us today. It is not about self-help, or seeking religion as a narcotic to numb ourselves from life. It is about genuinely seeking the presence of God in everything that we do so that we can begin to find the purpose in our existence. Just as God explained to the ancient Israelites, our purpose is to be the Royal Priesthood. That is, we are to be the people who reflect God’s image back into creation. We are to reflect His love, His grace, and His light back into the world.
The book of Revelation goes to great lengths to show that chaos and emptiness are the natural result of man’s decision to live without the presence of God. This message is timeless. There is not a single person on this planet who cannot relate to chaos in their lives. There is not a single person on this planet who has not struggled with purpose. The Bible message acknowledges that this is real.
After all, it is only when we acknowledge a problem that we can hope to receive help. This is what the Bible does; more specifically, this is the key to the book of Revelation—a world without the presence of God is a world that invites chaos and emptiness.
I pray each person would seek God’s presence and find order and purpose in their life. I pray we would all come to know the one true God so that we share light today and look forward, with great anticipation, to His kingdom coming in full.
For the sake of order and purpose, “Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.
If you have a Biblical question, comment, or concern, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about La Vista Church, or to hear this and other messages, visit our website at www.lavistanaz.org. Follow Pastor Raul on Twitter @RaulGranillo007. Please come join us as we fix our eyes on Jesus. We meet Sundays at 9 a.m. for Sunday school and 10 a.m. for worship. Everyone is welcome!