Bible Order: Revelation 18–22
Chronological Order: Revelation 19-22
Happy New Year Brothers! I hope this past year has been full of blessings and that the year to come will be full of even more. No matter what has happened this past year, however, anyone who has joined us for the this year of reading the New Testament cannot say it wasn’t a blessing. Now I’m not bragging on myself. It wasn’t my commentary that made it a blessing. It is God’s Holy Word that is the blessing. Reading God’s Holy Word is a great blessing in and of itself and it has been my pleasure to enjoy that blessing with you!
Today we end our reading of the New Testament. I made the observation just the other day that in terms of the Bible, we have come full circle. Genesis began with man in right relationship with God and it will end with man restored to right relationship with God. Of course the New Testament has its own full circle as well; it begins with the first coming of Christ and ends with His second coming. God’s message of love and redemption is a solid through-line found in every book of the Bible. I can say that with confidence because Jesus is found in every book of the Bible. Don’t believe me? Join us in 2013 as we read through the Old Testament in a year. We’ll look for Christ in every book of the Old Testament together.
Let me tease this journey of discovery by show Jesus to you in today’s passage and then how He similarly appears in Genesis.
Revelation 22:1-2 ESV
“ Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb  through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”