The passage for today is Revelation 1:1-20. You can read this passage online or on your phone by following along with The Essential Jesus reading plan on bible.com, or you can read it in your physical Bible. Take a few minutes to read Revelation 1:1-20 carefully, inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read.
What did you see in the text? What is the main point being communicated? Here are some of the things that I saw.
John writes this in exile, at an old age. He has called himself the one Jesus’ loved, he knew Jesus more closely than most anyone on earth. And yet, we read that John fell down as though dead when seeing the ascended Christ in all His glory. The physical description of Jesus is one that challenges the imagination; hair white as snow, eyes like blazing fire, feet like bronze, face shining in brilliance. This is a vision of power and glory.
But as we read earlier in the chapter, we see the titles of this one like the Son of Man. He is called the faithful witness, firstborn from among the dead, ruler of the kings of the earth. He has loved us, freed us from our sins, made us a kingdom and priests. He calls himself the Alpha and Omega, who is, and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. I think of the introduction of Jesus in the gospel of John chapter one, you would think that description of Jesus could not be outdone. But then this.
Is Jesus lord of our life? I haven’t had a vision like John’s in my life, I would guess none of us have, but we do have the same Spirit alive in us. And he calls us to draw near to Jesus, like John did. Do we have times where we come to scripture, and experience God in this way? Do we fall to our faces when we allow our hearts to catch a glimpse of just how wonderful our savoir is?
We can’t force it. There isn’t a 5 Steps to Becoming a Face Planting Christian plan. But we should want this type of experience. We should expect it. We have a savoir who is worthy of our praise, and he wants to meet us as John met him. Let’s lay aside everything that hinders and the sin which so easily entangles us, fixing our eyes on Jesus. And when we let go of this world, we will come face to face with Jesus and fall down as though dead.
Father God, forgive me my sins as I have forgiven the sins of those who sin against me. Show me the things in this world which have entangled me and remove from me the desire for these things. Instead God, let me look fully into the face of Jesus, being transformed into his image. He is the firstborn among the dead, and has brought life. Let that life reign in me. It is in his powerful, worthy and glorious name that I can pray to you, Amen.