In iClub this evening, a group which meets every Monday evening for pre-believers to learn about who Jesus is, the passage James, the international student worker leader, took us through, was the description of Jesus in Revelations 1. We were asked in our groups, to draw a depiction of Jesus in accordance with the verses we had read:
“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending His angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that He saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.
John to the seven churches that are in Asia:
Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.
To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of Him. Even so. Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”
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.
When I (John) 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, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. 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.”
~ Revelation 1: 1-20
I had been very struck by this depiction of Jesus – I must confess that even as a believing Christian I do not come often enough to Revelation’s description of Jesus. Surely, we are unable, with our limited human minds, to grasp how it shall be on that Glorious Day. Yet God is gracious enough to grant us a picture in our minds as a glimpse, I believe, to the Reality that shall come.
How do we often view Jesus? As the baby in the manger? As the long-haired gentle figure so commonly depicted in drawings of Jesus?
Or, as the King of the Whole Earth, who has brought us Victory over sin, who is coming one day to judge the world in righteousness, and, who is our LORD and Saviour, Christ our King?
I am thankful for iClub. As I come each week to meet with others whom God has brought to find out more about Him, I find each time, that I am duly and humbly reminded of things I had never pondered in depth upon before. I learn, and I learn and I learn again. There is much I have yet to behold, yet to learn, of our Great God, Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer.
For these opportunities to learn and to grow in Him, I am thankful.