Today’s reading: Revelation 1
It was sometime Sunday, the year being near 95 AD, and John was a Roman prisoner on the deserted island of Patmos, likely awaiting a slow, natural death. He was meditating on the Lord’s Day, he tells us, and was “in the Spirit” (v.10), which implies deep personal though about God and Jesus Christ, similar to a focused Christian enjoying the “breaking of bread” at church. How many deep, glorious, and happy thoughts have come to me in such moments! We need such moments, and I hope Sunday is not the only time we allow such thoughts to overcome us and drive us to be “in the Spirit”, thinking about our great God and our loving Savior, instead of our comparatively small lives.
Suddenly John senses someone yelling to him from behind, in a very loud voice, as if someone was playing a trumpet right behind his head. It was no soldier, it was no prank, it was the God-given opportunity to be shown the future of this world. To be given a revelation. The bearer of such news? Jesus Christ himself. Immediately John was taken into a waking-dream, where he saw his old friend, his teacher, and his travel companion of three years. He did not immediately recognize Him:
Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 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. (Revelation 1:12-16 ESV)
What would you do? John threw himself to the ground in fear, awe, and worship. It was the same Jesus, the Lamb of God, but He now showed His true colors, His true power, His true magnificent kingship. Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, was proclaiming that He was alive and well, waiting for His Kingdom to be revealed to mankind. We await such a day! Come Lord Jesus!
Behold, I am making all things new. (Revelation 21:5a)