Pastor Jayson preaches a message from Revelation 1:1-8 in our Hear & Heed: The Revelation of Jesus Christ sermon series!INTRODUCTIONJust a few short days after Mount St. Helens unexpectedly erupted on Sunday, May 18th 1980, another significant, unexpected event rocked the nation. The Empire Strikes Back, the long-awaited sequel to Star Wars, opened in theatres. And a collective “gasp” reverberated around the globe as it was revealed that Darth Vader was in fact Luke Skywalker’s father. This surprise “twist” ending was one of the best-kept secrets in movie-making history! Needless to say, it was a shocking revelation that had Star Wars fans all over the world questioning everything they had ever believed.As we read through the New Testament, we read the four eyewitness accounts of Jesus, followed by the Acts of the Apostles and the founding of the church, then the pastoral letters, establishing doctrine and practice in the churches. Then, like a twist at the end of a movie, we encounter this surprising book filled with angels, scrolls, trumpets, earthquakes, a dragon, beasts, destruction and, of course, the end of the world. It’s kind of shocking! It makes us question everything we’ve ever believed. This morning we are beginning what I expect will be a significant journey in the life of Risen Hope. We are going to work our way through one of the most puzzling and wonderful books of the Bible, the book of Revelation. You might be wondering, “Why Revelation?” If you’re not a Christian you might even wonder why it’s even in the Bible? But why preach through it now? There are a lot of answers I could give, and I’ll be highlighting many of those reasons in the weeks to come. But for now, I think the best answer to “Why Revelation?” is the one that Revelation gives itself right at the start. So I invite you to turn to Revelation 1:1-8 as we begin this adventure together.