Revelation 1.12-20. 12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like the son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.
17 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, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
This is the eighth and final installment in a series of posts titled One Like The Son Of Man. It’s a brief study of Jesus’ appearance to John, on the island of Patmos, as recorded in Revelation 1. We’re taking a look at each symbolic description of Christ John gives us and considering it’s meaning.
This study is dedicated to the final portion of verse 16.
his face was like the sun shining in full strength.
I’ve been a Christian for basically my entire life. At times I feel like I’ve seen it all. I’ve watched God do the most miraculous and wonderful things in people’s lives. I’ve seen Christians demonstrate the love of God, a love that is not of this world, in ways that would melt even the hardest heart. I’ve also took notice of ugly stuff that exists, not just in the world, but in the religious world as well, and in the lives of believers, including myself.
There’s lots of things that go on inside Christian communities that I’d love to change, but I don’t have to look any further than myself, because there’s lots of things about myself that I wish I could change. I’m talking about sin and falling short of the glory of God ( see Romans 3.23 ).
In Numbers 6.24-26 , we find a prayer that believers pray for themselves, and for each other, from the cradle to the grave. Literally, from the moment a child is born, up until we’re laying their body to rest, we recite these words from holy scripture. ” The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. “
The Lord make his face shine upon you & the Lord lift up His countenance upon you
As believers we pray all throughout our lives, that we might see, experience, and reflect the glory of God. Therefore, we as believers are vexed by the things that don’t honor God, such as failures, short comings, hypocrisy, offenses, to sum it all up … sin. Oftentimes, true believers, who have ideals regarding the Christian experience are prone to becoming disillusioned and discouraged when confronted by both their own short comings and those that exist within the church world.
If this happens to you, don’t give up. Be like the Psalmist who said in 27.13, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of God in the land of the living “. What you need my friend is hope, and there is hope, the hope we have in Jesus Christ.
There will come a day when God makes everything right ! Revelation 21.4,5 tells us ” He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new! Then he said, Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Jesus came to make all things new !
There will come a day when we see the glory of God shining like the sun in unclouded power and majesty ! That glory will chase away every cloud of sin and its effects! Each and everyone of us who put our hope, faith, and trust in Him will reflect that same glory ! That’s the promise we have in Jesus Christ !
Until the day of His glorious appearing, and that hope is fulfilled, embrace the attitude suggested in this poem that I leave you with, and try somehow to let that light break through and shine in you. It’s one of my favorites. It’s called Golden Days By Robert Service:
Another day of toil and strife,
Another page so white,
Within that fateful Log of Life
That I and all must write;
Another page without a stain
To make of as I may,
That done, I shall not see again
Until the Judgment Day.
Ah, could I, could I backward turn
The pages of that Book,
How often would I blench and burn!
How often loathe to look!
What pages would be meanly scrolled;
What smeared as if with mud;
A few, maybe, might gleam like gold,
Some scarlet seem as blood.
O Record grave, God guide my hand
And make me worthy be,
Since what I write to-day shall stand
To all eternity;
Aye, teach me, Lord of Life, I pray,
As I salute the sun,
To bear myself that every day
May be a Golden One.
In His Service – Junior Reid