A loud voice like a trumpet. The sound of the waves all around is drowned. Alert, John turned around to see the voice that was speaking to him.
Now John was someone who saw Jesus as the Son of God with keener eye and clarity than anyone else (John 1:14, 20:31). Yet God had to take John away from the crowds, and have him in a lonely island to be ready for this vision of the Son of God.
Everything he saw of the risen and glorified Jesus struck only one note in him—God! Therefore, when he saw him, he fell at his feet as though dead (Rev. 1: 17). My dear friend, nothing that you think you know of Jesus today can compare with what you will see of him when you meet him in glory.
It was as if the Old Testament images of God suddenly found life and rose up from the Hebrew scrolls and stood in front of him. So many neglect the study of the Old Testament. But here in this glorious vision, John gets an audio visual version of the God of the Old Testament. The risen Jesus too loved to speak about himself from the OT Scriptures (Luke 24:27, 44). If you neglect it, you miss God by miles!
His voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In Psalm 29:3–9 a description is given of the power of the voice of the LORD. Unmistakable to John, this is God; the voice denoting power and majesty! Again, Jesus is seen as standing among the lampstands. He is the light of the world standing among the churches. It reminds us of worship in the tabernacle and in the temple and also reminds us that the founding principle of a church is to shine light in a dark place.
His robe is like that of a high priest. It shows dignity and honour. More than that it shows Jesus as our high priest. His head and hair were like wool, white as snow. It reminds us of God again, the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:9) as seen by Daniel. In this vision one like a son of man is seen (7:13) who is given authority, glory, sovereign power, everlasting dominion, and worship (7:14). No second thoughts for John that the “son of man (Rev. 1:13)” standing in front of him is the same as seen by Daniel.
His eyes were like blazing fire. Psalm 139 shows us that there is no place where you can hide from God. He knows you. He knows what others do not know about you. There is no escape from his all-seeing and knowing eyes. Again, his feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace. Bronze in the Old Testament always stood for judgement. And Jesus is coming back again as Judge. There is no escape. All of us are going to give account to him (John 5:27). A sharp double edged sword comes out of his mouth for this purpose.
His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. Who else do you know with such glory? Jesus, he alone. He held seven stars in his right hand. They are the messengers (angels) of God. Jesus, he is the supreme message from God to us.
Fall at his feet and worship him!
“It is I myself.”
“My Lord and My God!”
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