The first three verses of the book of Revelation are an introduction to the book as a whole. And introductions, as always, are important. They often provide important information about the book, such as the sender, the addressees, and the reason for writing. It is no different here.
This introduction again can be divided into three parts. It begins with the title of the book (verse 1a), followed by an explanation of the origin of the book (verses 1b-2), and ends with a beatitude (verse 3). Furthermore, we read about the sender and the addressees.
The title of this book is remarkable. We read "The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” The book reveals what is hidden from our eyes without that revelation. After all, there is so much we cannot see. Our sight, our powers of perception are limited to a part of the created and a part of time. There is much that rises above that.
But there is one who controls everything. We read in Isaiah 14:24, "The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.” And He has given all power in heaven and on earth in the hands of His Son Jesus, Christ, as we read in Matthew 28:18, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Christ is the one who is seated at the right hand of God the Father and He is the one holding God’s plan for the world.
Two names of Him are mentioned here. First Jesus. He is the redeemer. He saves His people. He is God and Man at the same time. Secondly, Christ. He is anointed as Prophet, Priest, and King. As King, He holds everything in His hands. As Priest, He reconciled the world to God the Father through the sacrifice of His death, and He always prays for His own. As Prophet, He speaks and leads His church. And in this book, this Jesus Christ is going to reveal important things. What a reason to pick up and read this book.