Reading: Revelation 1:9-19
This is an amazing passage of scripture. John has been placed on Patmos, a Greek island used as a prison camp. Incarcerated for preaching the word of God. However, his prison becomes an open Heaven as Jesus steps into his reality! I love that even prisons, our places of difficulty, pain and personal famine are places that Jesus can step into and transform.
The vision of Jesus that John sees is utterly amazing and compelling. John turns to ‘see’ the voice, he sees one like a ‘Son of man’, this is a phrase full of meaning to a Jew – it is the promised one who Daniel (Dan 7:13) speaks of. The Son of man is given authority from the Ancient of Days to rule the nations, and be worshipped by humanity. His head and hair speak of God’s infinite and divine wisdom. His eyes of blazing fire, speak of his penetrating insight and discernment. His feet of bronze are able to crush all who stand against him. His voice of rushing waters is a link to Ezekiel’s vision when God spoke with the voice of ‘rushing waters’ (Ekz 1:25-28). In his hands he holds the stars (the churches) out of his mouth comes God’s powerful and earthshaking words, and his face is like the blazing of the Sun in all its brilliance!
Andrew Wilson helps us consider what that phrase means, he writes,
The light of the sun has been sustaining every form of life on the planet for its entire history. So has Jesus, only more so. The sun is so dazzling that we cannot look at it without being blinded, even though we are nearly 100,000,000 miles away. So is Jesus, only more so. The sun is so bright that every year, simply by shining upon cold and barren places, it causes life and growth to burst forth where previously there was empty wilderness. So does Jesus, only more so. The sun is so powerful that in one second, it emits more energy than we humans have generated in all of human history – 92,000,000,000 one-megaton nuclear bombs, every second. So does Jesus, only more so.”
(Andrew Wilson ‘Incomparable’ p.198)
Finally, John, falls as dead at his feet, but when Jesus speak he says, “Do not be afraid.” He immediately reaches out and lays his hand on John, and tells him, “I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
He is one who holds us, loves us, who we serve and worship. Do you know him? Do you follow and adore the awesome, glorious, powerful Jesus portrayed in scripture, or have you adopted a culturally appropriate, user-friendly, smaller Jesus, fashioned from your own imagination?
“I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Matthew 26:64 NIV 1984)
I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” (Revelation 1:18)
Father, I commit myself to Jesus again. Lord open the eyes of my heart, help me to see him as he really is. Forgive me that I make him so small when he is so majestic. I thank you that he is the King of transformation, I bring the areas of my life that need your touch today. Lord Jesus have your way in my life. Amen.
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