John sees Jesus.
Because of the severe persecution, and because Jesus has not returned yet, John longed for assurance about Jesus; most of the believers did the same. When John did see Jesus, he assured the believers in Asia, that while he was on the island of Patmos, he heard and saw Jesus. He was sure that Jesus was all He told them while still on the earth. “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,’ says the Lord, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.’ “Revelation 1:8, NKJV. Some doubt that these are the words of Jesus. However, John wrote the words that he heard spoken behind him. Jesus, speaking behind John, identified Himself by, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,’. The phrase, “who is and who was and who is to come” applies to Jesus throughout the book of Revelation. By describing Jesus’s splendor, John assures the believers that he did see Jesus. The appearance of Jesus, as John observed, was the appearance, and the brightness that only God Almighty could have.
Paul refers to Jesus as “God over all,” which means there is no God above Jesus Christ. Romans 9:5. Apostle Paul asserts In Colossians 2:9, 10, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”, Jesus told Jews; “‘Before Abraham was born, I am!'” John 8:58. The “I am” In Hebrew refers to God the Father. Isaiah 9:6 states that Jesus, the Messiah, is called “Mighty God, Everlasting Father.” Jesus maintained that “God with us” is the Father with us in bodily form. The Almighty God united Himself with the fallen humanity in the flesh humankind had at time of incarnation, but the new spirit. Therefore, Jesus had the undeniable right to refer to Himself as the Almighty, in Revelation 1:8.
When John turned to see who was speaking to him, he saw Jesus in appearance like Son of Man. The “Son of Man” shows that Jesus is the representative of the New humankind. He is the first among many. Jesus was walking among seven lampstands, which symbolized the seven churches in Asia. Jesus, in His overwhelming splendor, is not only walking among the churches, but He also holds them in His right hand. Revelation 1:16. The scene John described assured the churches that Jesus is always with them. The yielded believers of all ages have the assurance that Jesus is with them. They are inextricably in the hands of Jesus and secure in Him. He who was and who is and who is to come is intimately engaged with His church, securely guiding its future. Jesus loves His church unconditionally and rules it with justice. Colossians 1:15, 18. In Him, and Him only, the yielded believers have a glorious destiny and secure eternity.
Jesus Christ is fully capable to judge His church in righteousness because “out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword,” which is the Word of God. Revelation 1:16. The sharp two-edged sword signifies that Jesus knows the deepest workings of the human mind, and He clearly distinguishes between the motives and thoughts of men. Jesus, therefore, neither relies on written and oral reports, nor the visible deeds of the people. He knows their deepest thoughts before they generate their thoughts. God, in Jesus Christ, personally descended to earth to show His deep concern for His people and His church. For the rest of the message to Christianity, Jesus invited John to come up to heaven. Because Jesus is the main subject of the book of Revelation, John did not write down the vision in historically sequential order, but in the order he observed. John was primarily attracted to the scenes that showed Jesus.
Lampstands, not the Light. Next blog.