Re:Verse reading–Revelation 1 (day five)
John has a similar experience to Revelation 1 in Matthew 17. But there are different sets of instructions from the Savior. In Matthew 17 Jesus says, “Do not tell anyone what you have seen”. In Revelation 1, Jesus says, “Write in a book what you see”.
Jesus could have appeared to the churches the same way he appeared to John. Yet, He doesn’t. Jesus clearly begins a new way to speak to and engage believers (churches)- thru the Scriptures (book). John Piper writes, “It is because He wants to come to us in and through his Word. He wants us to seek him in his Word, and know him by his Word, and gaze upon him steadily through his Word. And when we do, the Lord stands forth from his Word in ways beyond the merely rational and intellectual possibilities of reading.”