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Revelation 1:9-20 ~ In All His Glory!

on March 31, 2014

Verses 9-11.  Because of being “in Jesus,” John faced tribulation, learned patient endurance, and was part of His kingdom.  Sometimes it’s easy for us to focus on the tribulation and not on the blessings of being “in Jesus.”  John was persecuted because He spoke the truth about Christ and clung to the truths of God’s Word, BUT HE NEVER GAVE UP ON CHRIST! He was faithful even in exile.  God rewarded his faithfulness with a revelation of the ruling and reigning, Jesus Christ–John’s dear friend and mentor who became His Savior.

Verses 12-16.  What John saw; he could hardly put it into words.  He did the best describing the glorified Christ as his vocabulary and earthly words would allow.

  • Like the son of man… He looked a lot like the Jesus he walked with over 60 years prior, but different somehow.
  • In the midst of the lampstands…Jesus is walking among His church.  His presence is with His people.  And we are to be His lights in this world.
  • Long robe with golden sash…the clothing of a high priest.  Jesus is our High Priest–our Mediator.
  • White hair…Jesus is infinitely wise!
  • Eyes like fire…eyes that see everything.
  • Bronze feet…a foundation of holiness and strength.
  • Voice like the roar of many waters…that drowns out all other voices (think Niagara Falls!) Read Psalm 29 to learn more about the mighty voice of the Lord!
  • Holds 7 stars in right hand…huge and strong and capable hands
  • Double-edged sword in mouth…defender of truth
  • Face like the sun in full strength…inescapable, powerful, gives light and life and direction.

Verse 17-20.  When I saw Him, I fell at his feet as though dead. BUT HE LAID HIS RIGHT HAND ON ME, saying, “FEAR NOT, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.”

Jesus Christ is ruling and reigning RIGHT NOW!  He has authority over death and hell and our lives–forever.  Seeing this, John fell at Jesus’ feet as though dead.  Awe and reverence ought to be the normal response to the holiness and glory of Jesus.  When is the last time we were overwhelmed by the glory of God?  The last time we realized who we were blaspheming when we used the name of Jesus flippantly?  The last time we realized to whom we are praying and singing?

BUT JESUS–gracious, merciful and loving–laid His RIGHT HAND on John.  The same hand that is big enough to hold seven stars is small enough to reach down and touch us!!  With a touch from Him, all fear is cast out!  If we know Jesus; we are to fear (respect) Him, but we don’t have to be afraid of Him.

Lord, I want a vision of our glory that stops me in my tracks and leads me to worship, but also a merciful touch that reminds me of your love for me personally and the wonderful closeness we share.

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