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Who Jesus Is

Who Jesus Is

27 December 2009

Scripture:

12 When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. 13 And standing in the middle of the lampstands was the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. 14 His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were bright like flames of fire. 15 His feet were as bright as bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. 16 He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was as bright as the sun in all its brilliance. 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the living one who died. Look, I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave. (Revelation 1:12-18 NLT)

I remember when we lived in Jamaica, one of the favorite songs sung at funerals or at other times when we were considering the hardships and challenges of life, was called, “Standing Somewhere In The Shadows You’ll Find Jesus.”

The idea of the song was that when life is hard and things look bad, if you look around you’ll find Jesus, the somewhat sad and suffering Savior, standing in the shadows to offer what comfort he can. The song was very poignant and sentimental but it wasn’t very accurate in its theology.

The last recorded sighting of Jesus in the Bible is of a majestic and glorious Person whose appearance is so awe-inspiring John fell at his feet as dead! There’s no way that Jesus, as John describes Him, is going to be standing somewhere in the shadows!

The Jesus Christ in whose name we pray and on whose victorious sacrifice our salvation depends is not standing meekly in the shadows somewhere waiting to be noticed. He’s the Lord of Lords and King of Kings and he’s gloriously, magnificently ruling for eternity. He still cares for us as our suffering savior, but he triumphs over sin, death, and hell as our reigning king.

Prayer:

Father, Thanks for this reminder of who Jesus is. Jesus, when I am reminded of who you are, it helps me pray better. Thank you for suffering for my sins and thank you for overcoming death so that you can rule and reign forever. I draw close to you in child-like trust because you love me and I submit to you in obedient faith because you are my glorious Lord. In Jesus’ Name!

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