Friday, June 1, 2007

The Wonderful thing about Jesus is. . .

This week I started a Summer Bible Study on the book of Revelation. Even though we have only eight weeks to study 22 chapters, I thought it best to study Chapter One all by itself. Now that I have gotten into it, I'm so glad I did. Chapter One is full of good stuff, most verses overflow with the attributes of God.

When John starts to describe Jesus in verse 12 (of chapter one), I was reminded, yet again, how knowing who he is fills us with an inexpressable and glorious joy (1 Peter 1:8). Here are a just a few of the ways God fired me up while spending time in his word.

The first thing John mentions is the seven golden lampstands. Seven represents completion and perfection. Our Jesus is perfect in every way.

Among the lampstands, someone "like a son of man" was dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet with a golden sash around his chest. Jesus walks among us as royalty. Our Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords.

His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow. Our Jesus is pure.

His eyes were like blazing fire. He sees everything. Our Jesus is omniscient.

He feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace. Bronze represents judgment. Our Jesus is the Just Judge.

His voice was like the sound of rushing waters. His voice can be heard by all who will come to him (Isaiah 55:3). Our Jesus is a communicator.

In his right hand he held seven stars. This one has two: We are in his grip. Jesus engraves us on the palms of his hands (Isaiah 49:15-16) and in his right hand, majestic power (Exodus 15:6). Our Jesus is not forgetful. Our Jesus is powerful.

And out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. Our Jesus sifts and analyzes the very thoughts and purposes of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12). Our Jesus is discerning.

His face shown like the sun shining in all its brilliance. Those who look to Jesus shine, their faces are never covered with shame. (Psalm 34:5). Our Jesus is the S-O-N who saves his people from their sins.

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come. . .and To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood. . . to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Revelation 1:4-6.

Have a blessed day full of Jesus, Susan

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