Why was the Revelation given by God to Christ, Who gave it to John?

Why was the Revelation given by God to Christ, Who gave it to John?

The heart of the Revelation is the vision John saw of the glorified Son of Man (1:13-18). That this revelation did not originate with Himself is in keeping with the Lord’s words during "the days of His flesh" (Hebrews 5:7): "I seek not Mine own glory" (John 8:50). His lowliness is unchanged as He sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb 12:2).

In addition, the Father’s purpose is "that all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father" (John 5:23). The Revelation then is an expansion of the Lord’s words that the Father "hath committed all judgment unto the Son" (v 22). Thus He honors His Son. But the same passage points out that He has authority to execute judgment because He is the Son of Man (5:27). Therefore, this is a vision of the Son of Man (Revelation 1:13).

While on earth, the Son said, "I have not spoken from Myself" (John 12:49 JND). He was not the originator of His words. He said what His Father commanded Him to say. Highly exalted in the Revelation, He still is communicating what His Father wishes to reveal. His subjection to His Father will never end (1 Corinthians 15:28).

There are likely many other reasons for this order in revealing the Son of Man, but these are sufficient to bow our hearts in worship.

D. Oliver