“John to the seven churches that are in Asia:
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 of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:4-8)
I am writing and posting this on the eve of Easter. Because I write a week ahead, I have been writing about post-Easter while anticipating Easter. This year, as never before, I have been conscious of Holy Week; the slow movement of each day, and the day of waiting between Good Friday and Easter morning. Although this will appear when Easter is past, for me it is the vigil of waiting Easter. In that moment and from that moment I wish to you, beloved reader, the joy of the Lord and the peace that comes from dwelling with our God daily.
The writer of Revelation, John, was writing to remind the early churches churches that the times that they were living in would come to an end. Some say that Revelation is a foreshadowing script of what will come; others say it is an allegory and metaphor. The book of Revelation has played different roles in my life, at different times of my life. It has, though, what I appreciate in so many books of the bible – a tremendous and welcoming opening! As we move from the season of Easter to the rest of the church year, may we carry with us the truths that are revealed to us, whatever their source. Selah!