WHEN THEY SAW HIM
John the Revelator had a face-to-face encounter with Jesus
Christ on the little island of Patmos. He wrote, "I turned to see
the voice that was speaking with me". (Revelation 1:12) John
went on to describe the one he saw. John saw him clothed in a
robe, not naked on the cross (v 13). He saw Jesus with a golden
sash, indicating his priesthood (v 13). He saw him with hair like
white wool, as a sign of purity (v 14). He saw his penetrating
eyes that were like a flame of fire (v 14). He saw Jesus holding
seven stars, showing his royal command (v 16). He saw a sharp
sword, not in his hand, but coming out of his mouth, indicating the
power of his word (v 16). Jesus's face was like the sun, shining in
all its brilliance, as the Light of the World, and the Bright and
Morning Star. (v 16)
Now, remember that John knew Jesus very well. He lived and
traveled with him. John was one of Jesus' original 12 disciples.
He was the only one of the 12 disciples that is recorded as
standing right at the cross when Jesus died. Yet, when John saw
Jesus this time, he "fell at His feet like a dead man".
The last time John had seen Christ was with a group of 10 other
disciples, just before Jesus' ascension into Heaven. Matthew
records it this way, "when they saw Him, they worshiped Him"
but that "some were doubtful". Obviously, some of the disciples
did not see Jesus like the others did. They saw, but were not
moved to worship.
The Psalmist wrote, "to You I lift up my eyes, O You who are
enthroned in the heavens! Behold, as the eyes of servants look
to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of
her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God." (Psalm
Some day, all will see Christ and will fall before him in reverence
and recognition of who he is. (Philippians 2:10) No one will be
forced to bow and worship. When humanity sees Jesus in all of
his glory, just as John did in Revelation, worship will be the
natural response. Doubt will flee.
True worship takes place when we see just who Jesus is.
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