About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
"I (John) turned around to see the voice of the one
speaking to me. And when I
turned I saw ... one like the son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down
to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.
His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His
eyes were like blazing fire. His
feet were like bronze glowing in the furnace, and His voice was like the
sound of rushing waters. 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 of its brilliance" (NIV).
No matter how you interpret Revelation, the Jesus John
encountered was nothing like the Jesus he once knew.
This Jesus is no longer limited by a human body.
He exists outside of time and space as the Sovereign Lord over all
things spiritual and material. He
is the Son of Man, the Hebrew designation for the Messianic King.
He is royalty, as seen in the way He is dressed.
He is the embodiment of purity, as seen in His white head and hair.
He is all-knowing, as seen in His eyes of fire that penetrate the
very motives of our hearts. He
is a mighty warrior, as seen in His bronze furnace-like feet that
incinerate His opposition. His
proclamations are final, as seen in His authoritative voice.
He is the universal conqueror, as seen in the double-edged sword
proceeding from His mouth. He,
in this present moment, is the Jesus we stand before to offer our songs of
praise and worship.
John's encounter with Jesus blew him away.
He fell at Jesus' feet as though he were dead (verse 17). To
put it in the vernacular of the street, this Jesus scares the hell out of
anyone, but look, look how
Jesus responded to John in His moment of terror.
This Messianic Mastermind of history placed His hand on John's
shoulder and said, "Don't be afraid."
In other words, in the kind, loving, and gentle voice that John was
familiar with, Jesus calmed his shattered nerves by saying, "It's
okay John. It's really me. There's
nothing to fear." The
Jesus John feared was the Jesus who dispelled every trace of terror with
one loving touch of His hand.
In His essence, Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and
forever (Hebrews 13:8). There
is no doubt about that, but, He is no longer limited by a human form whose
mission was to serve humanity through His death.
Jesus now reigns from His heavenly universal throne as the Supreme
Authority over all things. No
one trumps Him. He has the
final word in all matters. There
is absolutely no one within or without the cosmos like Him.
He has no rivals. He
has no competition. He is the
Universal Champion. All people
and nations will kneel before Jesus in reverent fear, whether willingly or
unwillingly, and proclaim Him to be Jesus Christ the Lord.
If this is not your mental image of Jesus, visit the book of Revelation
and allow the Holy Spirit to download the updated revelation of the real
Jesus into your life. Knowing
the real Jesus will do wonders for you.