22 - Don't Be Afraid, John!
Today we want to find out what Jesus Christ looks like now, at this present
time, and we also want to find out what else He accomplished when He died
and came alive again.
Revelation chapter 1:
10 It was the Lord's Day and I was worshiping, when suddenly I heard a loud
voice behind me, a voice that sounded like a trumpet blast,
11 saying, "I am A and Z, the First and Last!" And then I heard him say,
"Write down everything you see, and send your letter to the seven churches
in Turkey . . ."
12 When I turned to see who was speaking, there behind me were seven
candlesticks of gold.
13 And standing among them was one who looked like Jesus, who called
himself the Son of Man, wearing a long robe circled with a golden band
across his chest.
14 His hair was white as wool or snow, and his eyes penetrated like
flames of fire.
15 His feet gleamed like burnished bronze, and his voice thundered like
the waves against the shore.
16 He held seven stars in his right hand and a sharp, double-bladed sword
in his mouth, and his face shone like the power of the sun in unclouded
17,18 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead; but he laid his right
hand on me and said, "Don't be afraid! Though I am the First and Last,
the Living One who died, who is now alive forevermore, who has the keys
of hell and death - don't be afraid!"
The person who met Jesus Christ here was the Apostle John, who had been
banished from society to live on the convict island of Patmos.
When John had first met Jesus and followed Him, John had been a teenager.
He had the reputation of being Jesus' favourite. At Jesus' final meal before
dying, John sat next to Him and leaned against Him affectionately.
John, with two others, who had witnessed the terrible agony Jesus went
through in the Garden of Gethsemane before He died. It was to John that
Jesus had entrusted His mother, Mary, when He died. All this is to say
that if anyone knew Jesus, it was John!
But on the island of Patmos many years after the resurrection of Jesus,
John met Him again: the resurrected Christ, in all His present-day
splendour and glory. And John fell before Him in a dead fright. This was
not the familiar person John had known while Jesus walked the earth.
is the Risen Christ: a totally awesome Person!
Yet John knew that He was
Jesus. Jesus laid His hand on John and comforted him, just as when John
was a teenager, and told him not to be afraid.
Lord Jesus Christ, I am awed that You would give up this glory and honour
to come and become sin for me and die like a criminal on the earth.
Thank You for loving me this much,
Tomorrow we'll be back with another meditation about the Lord Jesus Christ!
He Is the King of GLORY!