Episode 133: The First and the Last 

January 08, 2024Dave Lambert
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With Christmas only a couple of weeks behind us, how are you thinking about Jesus on this Monday? Is he still a baby born in a stable? Or is Jesus a grown man performing miracles, walking on water or casting out demons? Or maybe your thoughts have leapt ahead to His crucifixion and resurrection celebrated at Easter. These are all things that took place in the earthly life of Jesus of Nazareth. But today, let’s listen to another description of the Son of God that we find in John’s account, aptly named The Revelation of Jesus Christ:

When I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a Son of Man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.  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. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. 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! (Revelations 1:12-18a)

What do you think of that! We often see paintings depicting a mild, easy-going Jesus sitting with children or lambs on His lap, or preaching to large crowds, or conversing with a woman near a well. While those events did take place during Jesus’ life on earth, today’s passage gives us a much clearer look at who Jesus really is today. Here’s what John saw: Someone who looked like a Son of Man, with white glowing hair, eyes like a blazing fire, brightly glowing feet, with a voice that sounded like a waterfall. In one he hand held seven shining stars, from his mouth came a doubly-sharp sword, and his face shone like the sun. The sight was so terrifying that John fainted at the sight of the First and Last, the One Who was dead but now is forever alive: Jesus!

Today, I encourage you to take a few moments to consider the Jesus of the entire Bible. He’s wasn’t just a man who came to earth to say wise things and to teach us to be kind to each other. Today, let us worship the Son of God, the King of Glory, the Sovereign High Potentate of the Universe! Worship the Jesus who reigns in heaven!

© 2024 Dave Lambert