Today you should read: Revelation 1:9-20
We started the book of Revelation yesterday and outside of a sermon series over the 7 churches and several individual passages that I’ve preached on, I’ve never given a verse-by-verse commentary on this important yet confusing book of the Bible. I know that I’m not alone in these views, for John Calvin wrote a Bible commentary for every book of the bible except this one. However, the CPC Staff ain’t scurred so let’s five in church fam.
In today’s passage we see that the apostle John (the only disciple who was not martyred for His faith in Christ) was banished from civilization (for his faith of course) and sent to the island of Patmos to live and die alone (v. 9). However God has other plans for Him on this island as He gave Him a vision for how the world will come to an end and how Jesus will defeat Satan for once and for all. With a loud voice God tells John to write everything he sees in this vision and send it to seven churches (v. 10-11) (along with specific instructions for those churches that we’ll get to later). Before revealing what Jesus instructed for these churches for the end times, Jesus reveals a picture of Himself in all His glory in the end times. This picture of Jesus that we see is not the gentle effeminate pictures you usually see of rosy cheeks Jesus like the one below.
Instead it describes Jesus as our warrior king who has eyes like a flame of fire, feet glowing like burnished bronze, with a voice that booms like the roar of an ocean with a sharp 2 edged sword coming out of his mouth. I’m not sure if anyone is falling to their feet to the Jesus in the above picture but John certainly went down to his knees at this Jesus as he laid His hand on John and said…
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. Revelation 1:17-19
Let this be a reminder to us that Jesus is not someone we want to take lightly. Yes, He is tender (which we see in the Gospels) but He is also tough dealing with sin (which we see as He describes His authority over satan, sin and death) and we need to remember that He is going to ultimately be tough and tender toward us as well. Do you have that same awe and respect toward our warrior King who fights for us and against our sin once and for all in the cross and resurrection?
Posted by: Erik Koliser