I am the bright morning star.
The final precious words that Jesus speaks declaring His identity are found in the book of Revelation (‘I am….the bright Morning Star.” 22:16). What does this declaration mean and why does this revelation of Jesus speak volumes into our current world situation?
For the Romans, the morning star Venus was a symbol of victory and sovereignty. For the Jews, the star recalled the prophecy of Balaam and was symbolic of the coming Messiah who would deal with oppression and injustice and bring about the shalom (universal flourishing, wholeness and delight) of God. (Numbers 24:17). Jesus is declaring in Revelation that He is the victorious king who will bring about God’s kingdom, that is His rule and authority.
However, when John wrote the book of Revelation, he was in exile on the island of Patmos under the cruel rule of the Roman emperor Domitian known for being one of the worst Roman emperors in history! How therefore does Jesus’ self-declaration bring comfort to John (and to us!)? How does this title help John when there is no visible evidence that it is true?
In his book, “Idols of our Time” by B. Goudzwaard, the author explains that the morning star often appears between 2 and 3 a.m. when the darkness is complete, and the faintest sign of the morning is not yet visible. It is, in fact, so small that it threatens to vanish. The star seems unable to vanquish the overpowering darkness. Nevertheless, when you see the morning star you know that the night has been defeated for the morning star pulls the morning in behind it just as certainly as Jesus pulls the kingdom in behind Him. The morning star only appears when the night has reached the deepest darkness. (The darkest hour is just before the dawn of a new day)
Why then you might argue do the powers of the night (sickness, famine, disease, flooding, war etc.) have so much influence in our world? It is because ‘the night’ (satan and his demonic angels) knows that it has been defeated. It is resisting with all its might, but its very resistance validates Jesus’ victory. All the turmoil in the world is happening because Jesus is who He claims to be. In the book of revelation pastor John is encouraging the churches not to despair. Things are not as they appear when viewed from a heavenly perspective.
How do you view the devastating events that have been taking place in the world even over the past eighteen months? Are you overcome by the present evil or praying in the kingdom of God?
Prayer and Worship
- Pray that the Holy Spirit would give you His perspective that Jesus’ victory is complete and that satan has been defeated on the cross.
- Pray and intercede for those whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed by the recent floods in Western Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
- When life is hard choose to worship Jesus, the bright morning star.