My uncle Wylie was a funny man. My memories of him are somewhat questionable according to my sisters. They don’t remember him quite the way I do. I may have mentioned him in previous articles. One of my favorite memories is being at his house when the phone would ring, he would grab it up, and say, “ummm… Jello!” Cracked me up every time. I think he did it just for me.
(Jello TV ad circa 1960)
Jello was a staple at the Wilkins home. My favorite of course was either purple or green. Grapes and Limes. I don’t know why, it just was. I liked how the Jello squished in my mouth. Mom said Jello was good for you all the time. When my own kids were growing up their mother would make Jello Jigglers, because that was the “in” thing at the time. Jigglers are easy to make, just use your favorite cutter and make Jello shapes the kids love to eat. My favorite part was eating the left overs from the cutouts, the shapeless throw aways, the fringes and edges.
Sometimes it seems to me we have a “Jello Jiggler” approach to studying the Bible. People love to cut out Psalm 23, Luke 2, Jeremiah 29, John 3, and Romans 8, shake them up and watch them wiggle and waggle as our favorites to study and digest. Sure there are lots of favorite stories, pet stories, pastors love to teach about. But what about the cutouts? What about all the left overs that no one really wants to eat? Are they too dry? Do they not wiggle enough? They don’t have that delightful little jiggle? Are they so hard to understand that most of God’s children just avoid them altogether?
Yes. And there is one book of the Bible in particular that draws very little attention, in fact is avoided most of the time… the Book of Revelation. If God didn’t want us to read it, study it, learn from it, or eat it like Jello, then why is it there? There are letters to the church in this book, dictated personally from Jesus. There are miracles and wonders describing the glory and majesty of God. There are promises and explanations of why we are here, our very existence is explained in detail, and purpose! No other Book in the Bible gives us the glimpse of our future home, that is found in Revelation. The promise of Christ’s return is described and guaranteed in the Book of Revelation! There is plenty of shake, joggle, waggle, wiggle, fidget, squirm, quiver, tremble, and jiggle in Revelation.
Is it always easy to understand? Nope. Is it worth trying? Yep. I offer you the opportunity to go on a journey few have been willing to make. Travel with me into the rough edged, cutout, loose ends of the Jello in the Bible … that is Revelation. It is a tasty treat!