The Easter season is a time of newness and hope
we hope for salvation, knowing that it has already been granted to us,
we celebrate, for fifty days!, the new life within and awaiting us.
This is why we hear from the book of Revelation during the season of Easter.
We hear from Acts, because it tells the story of the days after the resurrection
and the events which happened between the resurrection and Pentecost.
We hear from the gospel of John,
because he includes the most post-resurrection stories in his version of events.
(Reading from Mark during Easter would be difficult! No post resurrection stories!)
And we hear from Revelation,
because beyond its fantastic allegories and confusing-to-us metaphors,
it is at its base, a book about hope.
It is a vision of a new creation and a new God-centered reality.
It is a vision of salvation and forgiveness and love.
Naturally, I don't expect you all to agree with all of my interpretations of Revelation
over the next seven weeks.
Interpretation is a complicated, tricky, and entangled business.
And not every question can be answered.
However, I do hope you will listen with me,
listen to the author of Revelation,
listen to God calling to us.
We are indeed witnesses to the acts of Jesus
in so, we are witnesses to eternity.
We behold the power of eternity
and the eternal being of God
And it is a story we need to share.
We think things that last a long time are eternal,
Like the forty days of Lent,
but that is not the truth of the matter.
God who is and who was and who is to come
In the vernacular of the time,
God says he is the Alpha and the Omega,
the beginning and end of the alphabet.
The beginning and end of all things.
Now that is eternity,
always something new but always the same.
Paradox and mystery.
However, God's mystery of eternity is part of how God conquers death.
Jesus gives himself up to death willingly and because he is innocent,
he breaks the bonds.
As a human, death would naturally claim him and even a sacrifice of innocence would not destroy death
Yet, as also divine, death does not naturally claim him
and he destroys the hold of death.
We are witnesses to this.
John reaches out to the seven churches in Asia Minor,
(you can read in your insert which churches he reached out to
and see where they are on the map)
to remind them of their witness
and to remind them of the hope of Jesus.
In God we can celebrate,
in God is our salvation, our transformation, our hope.
We have seen eternity in the works of God,
"Like a great ring of pure and endless light"
let us share in John's witness
and share in telling the greatest story in the world.