Revelation 2:8 NIVUK
To the angel of the church in Smyrna write:
These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.
What an astonishing title and description of Jesus. He is the one who is the source of life, the highest and first of all humans, our source. He is also our purpose, the last word. He is the one who died in our place, died for us, sacrificed himself so that we may be made whole, brought into God’s family, given peace. He was raised to life, new life, by his Father, such is his standing and faithfulness. He is the firstfruits of the restored world, God’s Kingdom. When he speaks, this awesome Jesus, how can we but listen?
Jesus, our first and last, we listen…