01: Glory and Presence

5732613623_f0556a390a_z-1Revelation 1:12-20 NIV

I turned round 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 round 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. 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.

Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

A glimpse of GLORY!  

John’s first encounter with Jesus was Jesus the man.

The last he’d seen of him was when he ascended to Heaven.

This time, he met the glorified King of Kings!

It was a dazzling sight, totally overwhelming – John collapsed at the sight of him! In his glory, so much more was evident about him. Dazzling white revealed his purity. The golden sash revealed his royalty. The blazing fire in his eyes revealed his consuming passion. His overwhelming glory was like the brilliance of the sun. His voice like rushing water teemed with power and life. And the double-edged sword from his mouth confirmed his word as decisive and powerful. His titles were titles of great glory: he is “The First and The Last”, “The Living One”. He has authority over the living, the dead, and even death itself!

Sometimes we think of Jesus only in terms of his humanity – the man written about in the gospels – but he is GLORIOUS! He is so glorious that just the sight of him is completely overwhelming (John collapsed at his feet!)

We need to understand that Jesus “emptied himself” and “made himself nothing” to come to earth (we read this in Philippians 2) – but now he has taken back his glory!  Let’s remember that Jesus is GLORIOUS! He is overwhelmingly glorious!

– Let’s worship him like that!

– Let’s trust him like that!

– Let’s obey him like that!

The privilege of his PRESENCE  

This King of Glory stands among the lampstands – the churches. He holds their messengers (‘angels’) in his hands. He is not distant and aloof, he is present and holding up!

It is an incredible privilege to enjoy the presence of the King of Glory with us! This glorious King is with us! This ought to change the way we pray, worship and live.

When we pray, we are praying to the King of Heaven!

When we worship, we are worshipping the one who is too awesome to behold!

When we hear his word, we are hearing the words of the King who is above all kings!

Take some time today to reflect on the awesome glory of Jesus!

And take some time to enjoy his awesome presence!!

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