Sunday, October 11, 2015

JOHN'S VISION OF JESUS - Revelation 1:9-12

The Appearance of Jesus with Glory

In the midst of the lamp stands was one “like a son of man”. This is an allusion to Daniel 7:13. There, Daniel saw one like a son of man who appeared before the Ancient of Days, or God the Father. The Father gave Jesus the Son dominion, glory and an everlasting kingdom, and decreed that all should serve him. At the time Jesus appears to John, he has received this kingdom and dominion. Therefore, he does not appear as the humble, Jewish man John knew on earth, but as a powerful and glorious king.

Before analyzing the parts of Jesus's appearance, take in the whole. What does it show? It shows Jesus with power and glory, the hight priest of the church, ministering to the churches, purging sin and punishing those who persecute the church.

The vision is not to show us what Jesus looks like, but who he is!

John described Jesus as wearing a long robe with a golden sash around his chest. (13) His hair was very white, his eyes like flames, and his feet like bronze. His voice was like the sound of many waters.

The robe and sash show Jesus acting as a priest tending to the churches. HIs clothing and his appearance resemble that of a man in Daniel’s vision in Daniel 10. His appearance was so overwhelming that Daniel fell to the ground.

The description of his hair is the same as Daniel’s description of the Ancient of Days (God the Father) in Daniel 7:9. His voice was like a the roar of many waters. This again reflects Daniel’s description and the divine appearance to Ezekiel in Ezekiel 1:24.

His voice is powerful and overwhelming. The language comes from Ezekiel. Daniel also described his voice as that of a multitude.

His eyes of flame are symbols of Christ’s role as judge.

All of these attributes show us that Christ is portrayed as God. He is deity. He is our high priest, as we learned in Hebrews and he is eternal and powerful.

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