Up There, Down Here: Encounter Jesus Powerfully - Monday
I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me … The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters … His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!"
If you think the Jesus of the New Testament from Matthew to Jude is an awe-inspiring figure, then flip over to Revelation and prepare to have your socks proverbially knocked off!
The pre-crucified, pre-resurrected Jesus, gentle and loving, defenseless-baby-in-a-manger Jesus, is now portrayed in powerful, mind-blowing imagery. You know why? Because once resurrection happens, friends, all bets are off!
This all-powerful, all-mighty, all-victorious Jesus is unavoidable and unconquerable. He's living in the dunamis, the Greek word indicating the power needed to raise someone from the dead (Ephesians 1:19-20). He is Fierce Warrior. He is Healing Protector. He is Competent Judge.
It is the Revelation that clearly paints Him in brilliant, undeniable terms of power and ascendancy. The kind of power that makes a grown man faint in His presence (verse 17)!
To believers in that day, Revelation stood as a comfort and challenge. In the midst of great persecution and peril as Christ-followers, this picture of the Conquering Hero taking up their cause and winning beyond all doubt was much-needed encouragement.
What about you? For what struggle do you need to remember that Jesus is the final authority and power in which you can "stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand" (Ephesians 6:13)?
- So here are the questions to deal with today: Has resurrection happened in your life? Are you living in the dunamis? Buckle up, friends, it's gonna be a wild ride this week!