Today’s Reading in The Story is found on page 459 and ends on page 461 with the words “…lampstands are the seven churches. (Read it in your bible Revelation 1:1-20)
We’re used to seeing these pictures of Jesus: Jesus in the nativity, Jesus with the little children, Jesus on the cross. The first 3 pictures we’ve seen before, many times, but today’s picture of the Jesus of Revelation 1 is a new one.
This new picture (from Revelation 1) takes the incarnational Jesus to a whole new level.
What kind of picture come to mind from the reading today? If you didn’t know the other pictures of Jesus, this one, could be a very “scary” image of the Christ. Thankfully we know the ONE Who loved us enough to wear a crown of thorns and suffer the death on a cross. So today’s new image from the book of Revelation is ONE we can rejoice and hope in.
Revelation 1:13-16 (NIV) 13 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. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
He is the ultimate soldier.
Revelation 6:2 (NKJV) And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
When He goes into battle no one can stand against Him. He has earned the right to be called,
Revelation 19:16 (NIV) On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
He is the eternal Christ, the first and the last,
Revelation 1:8 (NIV) “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
And because we know Him by the other pictures, this Picture of the Christ does not bring about fear, but strengthens our faith and leads us to praise Him for:
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God!
1 A mighty fortress is our God,
A trusty shield and weapon;
He helps us free from ev’ry need
That hath us now o’ertaken.
The old evil foe
Now means deadly woe;
Deep guile and great might
Are his dread arms in fight;
On earth is not his equal.
2 With might of ours can naught be done,
Soon were our loss effected;
But for us fights the valiant One,
Whom God Himself elected.
Ask ye, Who is this?
Jesus Christ it is,
Of Sabaoth Lord,
And there’s none other God;
He holds the field forever.