“I am the bright morning star.” Rev. 22:16
It only takes a quick scan of the news to see that violence, racism, and injustice dominate our world. Horrible stories fill us with sadness and fear, only to be eclipsed by something worse in the next news cycle. Our daily lives are often filled with disappointments and challenges. If you’re like me, it’s difficult to keep my eyes focused on Jesus, but even so, he beckons to us in the midst of the darkness.
In Revelation 22:16, Jesus reveals the last of his many titles in the book of Revelation: “the bright morning star.” Why does he choose to give himself this title when he has already been called the Lamb, Alpha and Omega, Root of David, Faithful and True, King of Kings, and many other names throughout Revelation?
Bob Goudzwaard offers this explanation: “The morning star often appears between two and three o’clock at night, when the darkness is complete and the faintest sign of morning is not yet visible. So small that it threatens to vanish, the star seems unable to vanquish the overpowering darkness. Yet when you see the morning star, you know that the night has been defeated.”
The Apostle John, an 80-year-old political prisoner on the island of Patmos—who has no hope of escape or rescue—receives this vision from God. In the midst of loneliness, pain, and darkness, Jesus reveals a name that is infused with hope, a name that proves to us that he will conquer sin, death, pain, sadness, loneliness, and all of the maladies of the human condition.
Whatever you are going through at this moment, I pray that Jesus will reveal himself to you as the Bright Morning Star. May you see his glory, even though the darkness around you seems insurmountable.
This Sunday, December 13, is our annual Christmas outreach. Kids from the FOL Family Center and CrossWalk will sing a few songs and we’ll wrap up our series on Revelation. Please invite your friends to celebrate with us and to see a glimpse of Jesus, the Bright Morning Star, who reveals himself when all seems lost.