TUMI Sacred Roots Annual 2017 - 2018: Every Eye Shall See Him
The vision of the apostle John has forever been gifted to the church of our Lord in his writings on the Apocalypse, the Revelation of Jesus Christ. At the start of his amazing book, the reader is challenged to look to the one who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, making his own a kingdom of priests to his God and Father. The visionary exhorts the read to be aware of the coming of the Lord. “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen” (Rev. 1:7 [ESV]). This remarkable appearing of our Lord Jesus will be his second coming, a glorious manifestation of his glory, visible to the nations, coming in the clouds of heaven (cf. Acts 1.9-11). Although the actual people who crucified our Lord have been dead for millennia, the heirs of these executioners will see him, the very one that they had pierced. This is the coming of the risen Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah rejected by Israel, now returned to reign as Lord!
We took our title for this annual directly from this text: the coming of our Lord will be immediately visible to the nations of the world. While his coming as a babe at Bethlehem was only made known to the shepherds and magi, his second appearing will be visible to the entire earth. This is certain. All the “tribes of the earth will wail on account of him” (Rev. 1.7). At the end of this amazing claim, John says “Even so, Amen.” So be it. Verse 8 then affirms that the One to come is none other than the Alpha and the Omega, the One who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. (cf. 4.8; 11.17). Jesus is the Lord, the all powerful one, the “pantokrator” which is used 10 instances in the New Testament (cf. 4:8; 11:17), the Almighty. The Greek word for "Almighty" is pantokrator, "the all-powerful One." It is used 10 times in the New Testament, 9 of them in Revelation (2 Cor. 6:18; Rev. 1:8; 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7, 14; 19:6, 15; 21:22). The Savior comes in the clouds of heaven, visible to every eye, ready to consummate his work for his Father!
As we usually do in our Church Year spiritual formation exercises, we will spend the entirety of our Ordinary time in focusing on the return of Christ, studying through the book of Revelation. We also will read texts which speak directly to both the intermediate state (i.e., the time period between the death of a believer and their glorification), as well as our eternal status with God in heaven. We hope to immerse ourselves with the images, stories, metaphors, and Scriptures which speak to the believer’s blessed hope of the appearing of Christ, and the implications that appearing has for our everyday lives and witness. Beginning with Ordinary Time and the Season after Pentecost, we will explore the “mother tongue of the ancient Church,” the stirring language of apocalyptic literature in Revelation.
Below you will find the outline for our study of Revelation, in the order of appearance of each chapter, with a brief description. We commence this study after the celebration of Trinity Sunday.
1. Introduction: The Second Coming of Jesus Christ, 1 Thess. 4.13-182. Prologue and First Vision, Revelation 1
3. Letters to the Seven Churches, Part 1, Revelation 2
4. Letters to the Seven Churches, Part 2, Revelation 3
5. The Heavenly Throne, Revelation 4
6. The Sealed Book, Revelation 5
7. The Six Seals, Revelation 6
8. The Two Multitudes, Revelation 7
9. The Seventh Seal and the Six Trumpets, Revelation 8
10. The Six Trumpets, Revelation 9
11. The Angel and the Little Scroll, Revelation 10
12. The Measuring of the Temple and the Two Witnesses, Revelation 11
13. The Dragon, the Woman, and Her Seed, Revelation 12
14. The Two Beasts, Revelation 13
15. Visions of Assurance, Revelation 14
16. Preparation for the Bowls, Revelation 15
17. The Seven Bowls, Revelation 16
18. The Mystery of Babylon, Revelation 17
19. The Judgment of Babylon, Revelation 18
20. The Coming of Christ, Revelation 19
21. The Messianic Triumph, Revelation 20
22. The Consummation, Revelation 21
23. Behold I am Coming Soon, Revelation 22
24. Epilogue: Stay Awake! Mark 13.32-37
Our survey of this literature, along with our reading of the selected texts on the Bible and the future, promises to teach us much regarding the return of Christ, and our future inheritance as the children of God.
Our reading materials this liturgical year will allow us to long ponder and study the nature of the Second Coming, and even the blessed state of the glorified in the Kingdom of our Lord. These books are both intellectually rigorous and spiritually inspiring, and should provoke great reflection and meditation as you dialogue with others regarding the nature of our Lord’s return.
Of course, countless excellent texts have been written on the subject of Christ’s return, and so we sought to select texts that 1) cover the doctrinal aspects thoroughly, even if written in the somewhat dry theological language of the seminary and 2) pastoral homiletical accounts that stir our hearts with the prospect of being in the presence of Christ and his saints in the new world to come. The texts we selected will expose you to the both theological and spiritual gems for both the mind and the heart. Please join us in reading these classic texts that inform and persuade us of the importance of Christ’s second coming, and its meaning for our lives today.
- Alcorn, Randy. Heaven. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2004.
- Sproul, R. C. The Last Days According to Jesus. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1998.
- Ladd, George Eldon. A Commentary of the Revelation of John. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1972.
- Lutzer, Erwin. One Minute After You Die. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2015.
The Sacred Roots Annual 2017-2018: Every Eye Shall See Him
The vision of the apostle John has forever been gifted to the church of our Lord in his writings on the Apocalypse, the Revelation of Jesus Christ. At the start of his amazing book, the reader is challenged to look to the one who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, making his own a kingdom of priests to his God and Father.
The visionary exhorts the read to be aware of the coming of the Lord. “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen” (Rev. 1:7 [ESV]). This remarkable appearing of our Lord Jesus will be his second coming, a glorious manifestation of his glory, visible to the nations, coming in the clouds of heaven (cf. Acts 1.9-11). Although the actual people who crucified our Lord have been dead for millennia, the heirs of these executioners will see him, the very one that they had pierced. This is the coming of the risen Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah rejected by Israel, now returned to reign as Lord!
Our Sacred Roots Annual for 2017-18 is entitled “Every Eye Shall See Him” (Rev. 1.7, KJV). Our cover depicts in imaginary vision our Lord’s majestic return to all the earth. We will ponder the book of Revelation during Ordinary Time, exploring together the prospect of the Second Coming (Parousia) of Christ. Please join us as we reflect on Jesus second advent and its implications for us as we watch and wait for his return. Our Annual is available in the following formats:
2017-18 Church Year Calendar: Every Eye Shall See Him
Believers of every age have treasured the appearing of our Lord at his second coming as the blessed hope of our lives for which we wait and labor. The teaching of Christ’s return lay at the foundation of all apostolic preaching, and now will this calendar’s focus and meditation. Our 2017-18 Church Year calendar, Every Eye Shall See Him captures in imaginative vision that moment when Jesus of Nazareth, risen and glorified, shall return to deliver the world us from Satan’s tyranny and sin’s bondage, and usher in the triumph of God, restoring all things, under God’s reign.
The 2017-18 calendar follows the traditional feast days and celebrations, from Advent to the Reign of Christ the King, along with the weekly texts of the Revised Common Lectionary Year B. Come, be inspired as we wait in hopeful longing for the appearing of our Lord Jesus, who will return to this world to restore creation, under God’s rule.
The 2017-18 Chronological Reading Guide
Each year we read through the Scriptures together chronologically, seeking to gain greater insight on the entire Story of God as it occurred in historical order of events. In this guide we read through the narrative of the Bible as well as highlight in attractive colors the emphases of the Church Year's time schedule. Reading through the Scriptures in the order the events happened helps us stay on point regarding the true subject matter and theme of the Scriptures: the salvation of God in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. This reading not only provides richer insight into the events of Scripture, it also helps us greatly to better comprehend the meaning of the whole story of God's wondrous salvation and grace, which climaxes in the Christ event, his death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and return.