Tonight I would like to speak about Jesus, but not so much about the Jesus we read in the red letters, but about the Jesus from the Apostle John’s perspective in his writings of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
Pastor’s like myself love preaching about the Jesus in the red letters of the Gospels. Jesus the healer, Jesus the Son of God who preached love and showed that love over and over, and was our example so that we could live a life like Him. Glorifying God like He did.
But when it comes to Jesus in the Book of Revelation, that Jesus has a different look.
Now the Revelation Jesus is the same Jesus, I am not saying He is now different, but now as we read of Him in the Book of Revelation, yes He is the Christ, the Son of the living God, but His view is now of one who sits on a lofty throne with all of creation worshipping Him. He is the Jesus who has supreme majesty, with glory all around Him. It is seen and it is evident of who He is in the full character of the Godhead.
I spoke a couple weeks back about us ministering to the Lord, and it is this Jesus in the Book Revelation whom we are worshipping. The Son of God who is seated with His Father in Heaven who has all authority and all rule over all things created and yet to be created. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
He is not the Jesus we perceive from the Renaissance painters, a white guy with green or blue eyes, who has feminine skin, holding a lamb with love in His eyes and a face of utter peace.
Yes Jesus is love and He is peace but He is much more, He is God.
The Apostle John, the writer of the Gospel of John, and the Revelation of Jesus Christ, experienced the full majesty of Jesus and His true character when he came face to face with Him in the throne room of God portrayed in the Book of Revelation Chapter 1.
It is was a stark difference to his first writing in the Gospel of John, when he speaks of his relationship with Jesus. The Apostle John calls himself “the disciple that Jesus loved” and speaks about him laying his head on the breast of Jesus during the Last Supper, as he was one of Jesus’ closest disciples with the Apostles Peter and James.
But when we read Revelation 1, this Jesus is not the man Jesus that John laid his head upon, and walked with in the streets of Judea. You see it by the Apostle John’s writings in Chapter 1 of the Book of Revelation. Lets open up to it. We’ll begin with verse 10.
In verse 10, the Apostle John gives the vision of Jesus in His gloriousness.
“10 I came to be in the Spirit in the Lord's day and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet 11 saying, I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last. Also, What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamos, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea. “
It’s Jesus who states that He is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last. Well He is saying just what Lord God said earlier in verse 8. Jesus is the 2nd equal part of the Trinity. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All which all are God.
Jesus is saying just what His Father had said earlier. In the Greek, He is saying, I am the “protos”, concerning being first, as in being foremost, and the chief principle of life, I am above all that is all and in all.
When He says I am the Omega, or the end, or the last, He is saying I am “eschatos” He is Finality. But finality in an eternal equation. Jesus is saying I am the farthest in place or time.
Eschatos is where we get the word eschatology from. The study of the end times.
Jesus speaks of the reality of His greatness and majesty. He does not live in space or time, He lives in eternity, with eternal perspectives. Continuing in verse 12,
“12 And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. 13 And having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands. And in the midst of the seven lampstands I saw One like the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the feet, and tied around the breast with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And His eyes were like a flame of fire. 15 And His feet were like burnished brass having been fired in a furnace. And His voice was like the sound of many waters. 16 And He had seven stars in His right hand, and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword. And His face was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying to me, Do not fear, I am the First and the Last, 18 and the Living One, and I became dead, and behold, I am alive for ever and ever, Amen. And I have the keys of hell and of death.”
Yes this is the same Jesus of the Gospels. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, but when the Apostle John comes into His Presence here, it says he falls to Jesus’ feet as though dead.
A stark difference of the disciple who once lay his head on the chest of Jesus.
The Apostle John had encountered Jesus in His full glory. This was Jesus the Almighty God in all respects. And yes even though He is a mighty one on the throne, He is still the compassionate, and He touched John and raised him up, and said, “fear not.” Something the Apostle John had heard before.
John’s vision is a picture of Jesus today. He the Ancient of Days with eyes that are a flame of fire like looking into the sun. Absolute power. He had hair like snow, showing His eternity. He is dressed like a High Priest as He wore a long robe with a wide gold belt or sash around His chest that signifies kingship, or royal dignity.
But His feet caused me to think that He was not barefooted or just sandaled. Most of those whose feet shine in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, they shine because they are wearing greaves, lower leg armor. Some translations of this verse state His feet looked like silver and brass, and shined bronze, armor of day. I see this as the Warrior side of Christ. He is dressed as a High Priest, but He is also a Conqueror.
Rev 19:11, “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but He himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.
"He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
So the Apostle John had to be in awe of this sight. Yes John who had seen Jesus transfigured on the Mount in the Gospel of Mark chapter 9, but not like this. I imagine anyone who has been allowed to have a look at heaven and the throne room of God would be awestruck and transformed. The image had to be burned into soul.
It reminds us of the Prophet Ezekiel. He had a vision of the heavens opening up, and when He came into the Presence of the Lord who was on fire in his vision.
The Prophet did the same as the Apostle John, he fell on his face. There are stories of the High Priests who went before the Lord in the Tabernacle who had a rope tied around one ankle to be pulled out if they went down being over come by the glory of God.
Wouldn’t that be awesome? It sure would be life changing. Being in the Presence does that.
What the Apostle John and Prophet Ezekiel saw, was beyond their limited earthly intelligence and understanding. Ezekiel could not even explain exactly what he was seeing. He would always say in “in the appearance of”, as he had nothing to compare to it here on earth.
So now we have the exalted Jesus standing before John with nothing else on earth that can be compare Him to. But John was a representative of Jesus, just like us. And I believe the Apostle John, who in his elder years when this event happened knew fully well his position in Christ. John was a believer in Christ’s Church.
Christ’s church is to be a representation of Heaven and Jesus on earth manifesting His love through the power of the Holy Spirit, supernaturally loving people through the miraculous.
We doing what Jesus told us to do, but we doing it, because we have been utterly changed by our relationship with Him because we have encountered His glory, and majesty, and His love, and it has left a mark on us. Like it left a mark on the Apostle John. We should be right there in relationship with Jesus.
But seeing what John saw, how do you view Jesus today?
Do you see Jesus as the Jesus of the Gospels the humble loving servant? Or do we see Jesus as the Apostle John saw Him in when John got to experience heaven?
I’ll be honest, I tend to look at the Gospel Jesus. He was the Jesus of the people who gave healing and deliverance. But I need to look at the other Jesus. Who is high and lifted up and full of glory.
Jesus who has all of the attributes of God, who is God. He is still humble. He is still loving, and merciful. He still delivers us from the darkness of this world. He still heals, He encourages us. He gives us life. But He also is a Warrior King, Judge, High Priest, and He will fulfill all that He and His Father in Heaven have said they would do concerning the living and the dead.
I am not trying to change our view of Jesus of the Gospels to seem like he is out of touch, but I am trying to move us to have more reverence for Him.
I don’t believe we have reverence for Jesus in the Church that He should have. We tend to view Him as a just a glorified man or as half the world thinks, He was just a prophet. When Jesus is God. He is not there just to get us out of trouble, or one to go to only when we need something. He is so much larger than that. Larger than we can comprehend.
That is why we worship Him here.
The Apostle John wrote of Jesus that:
“He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life.”
This is why we also praise Him, not just because of His goodness toward us, or His intercession on our behalf. We praised Him for who He is. We speak of the whole heavenly host worshipping Him. Well, we will too. We must!
We must honor Him who knows us, who knows our labor, who knows our affliction, and maybe even poverty. Read the letters to the churches in Revelation. He knows where we live, and even knows our name. Jesus knows your name.
He is worthy of praise. He is so great, that we cannot fathom His greatness. We as His creation, should be in a state of awe just like the Apostle John was. But to be in awe, we must know Him, that comes from worship and being in His presence.
Remember what the Apostle John said in Revelation 1, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day.” He was in the Holy Spirit, in prayer. John knew how to pray because Jesus taught him. So that means John was in worship, and prayer and intercession, and during that time of Holy Spirit prayer and worship He was taken up into the Presence.
John 4:23-24, “But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and in truth.”
We are at an hour where we in the church need to see Jesus in His full majesty, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Creator, General, Judge, and everything else that He is. He not just a gift giver, someone we go to if we need something.
I believe many will be in shock when they see Him.
There will be a sense of regret that they did not worship His majesty and His glory. Those that supposedly know Him, and those that rejected Him.
I get back to worship because there is so much power of connection for us in it. It connects us to our God, and it gives Him the reverence He expects and deserves through His Son Jesus Christ.
When we are in awe of His Presence through our Worship and Adoration, in Psalms 22:3, it says that God dwells in the praises of His people. He is in the midst of our worship. We get into the Spirit worshipping Him, and allow His Presence to dwell with us. Through worship in the Spirit, it is putting us in a position to receive revelation of His presence, and revelation of His nature, or even opens the door for direct revelation to us by the Spirit that affirms a word or gives direction, but above all we are releasing breakthrough power in the Holy Spirit.
You see when we worship Him, we are affirming His Word, and that affirmation brings healing and deliverance, it gives life, but when a group worships, add on to it unity of the Spirit. One God, One Christ, and One Spirit, and we get to be participants with them to know them as one with a unified heart.
What I wanted us to see in Jesus is that He is God, and His glory consumes everything.
He deserves our worship, but I want you to see that because of His majesty that is beyond our understanding, that in Him, nothing is impossible. This 2nd Adam, who came to earth to live and experience all we have experienced so He can fully minister to us, because He understands, is waiting for us to not only worship Him, but let Him be our God. To be our helper. To be our healer. To be our protector and deliverer. Be everything we will ever need. So we will have faith in Him because He is so great.
He is not just a go to guy for stuff. He is God, and if you truly get into His presence, and we can, we will be like the Apostle John, we will fall down before Him. We will be on our faces in absolute wonder of His greatness worshipping Him and we will be utterly changed. Many have been.
“Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance” (Psalms 89:15).
In other words those who worship and make a joyful noise to the Lord, He will turn His face to them, and they will be the objects of His affection.
Jesus has been saying to me, “Look to me, seek me, know me” “You must know me.” “All of me.” “You can know me by my Word, but know Me by My Presence.” “Know me as I am.”
I don’t know about you, but I have experienced corporately where the glory of the Lord has come in and we could not stand. We were all down at the altar most laid out, some of us on our knees. You could feel the presence. It came in waves. When I was typing this, my body got tingly all over. I remember seeing `100 youth laid out on the floor during a retreat because the Spirit showed up during worship. That is His Presence.
We serve a great God, and a glorious Son who has enriched us with every blessing that He can give, and we must praise Him, and Worship Him for who He is the great God.
To know Him with the deepness that He inspires us to know Him will eliminate any feelings of fear that we have. Any doubt. Any lie that the spirit of this world concocted since the fall of man. We can be totally free from it.