"We’ve now come to the final book in the Bible: Revelation. Today’s reading in Revelations chapter 1 verses 1 to 20 the apostle John received this revelation from the resurrected Christ through a voice that sounded like a trumpet blast. Jesus tells John to write down what he sees and send it to the seven churches in Asia. Today’s reading describes the saviour’s dazzling glory and how he holds the keys to death and the grave." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)
On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet...Exiled on the island of Patmos, John has an encounter with Jesus that blows him over, literally. He sees Jesus as a supernatural figure shining as bright as the sun. This incredible sight of Jesus knocks John to the ground at his feet. The sight fills him with wonder and fear.
I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. (Revelation 1:10,12-18 or Listen to Chapter)
To be honest, for me, it is difficult to picture Jesus this way with eyes of fire and a sword coming from his mouth. It is a fearful picture. It is a supernatural picture. I am more comforted by the picture created by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the New Testament. A man living here on earth. A man who loves everyone and gave up his own life for everyone ... for me. A picture created by his actions. Seeing the Son of God the way he is without the limits of humanity, without the confines of earth, probably can not be completely and accurately described using human language. The sight is beyond any words. Perhaps it is beyond words but not actions. John in a pile on the ground filled with fear feels the hand of Jesus and hears those comforting words "Don't be afraid." It is me, Jesus.
I am working through the E100 Bible Reading Challenge again. You can learn more about my journey and read the other posts completed so far at this link. I encourage you to stop back soon to read another passage.
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