The Real Jesus (Revelation 1)

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I’m sure some of you are wondering how in the world that video clip – while hilarious – had anything to do with Revelation and the end of the world as we know it…
Basically I’m just prepping you. With a series as long as this, do you know how hard it will be to pick out a relevant video each week?
Actually, I did choose this clip intentionally because it absolutely IS relevant to what we will be looking at today in the first chapter of Revelation and really to what we will be seeing throughout this series.
If you recall from last week, where we dipped our toe into the first three verses, what is this book all about?
Let’s just look at the first verse:
Revelation 1
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ
That is really the title of this book. It’s not just revelation. It’s the revelation – or revealing – of Jesus Christ. This book is not just prophecy about events that will take place in our future. This book is a revealing of who and what Jesus Christ, the Son of God, really is.
And so, one more expectation I need to prepare you for before we move on is that this book is not only a blessing to those who read and a curse to those who try to change it. This book, if you take to heart – meaning accept its truth and adjust your own thinking to match it – will completely change your concept of Jesus into what it rightfully should be.
That video clip, while funny, contains a bit of truth in it. As most good comedy goes, it’s funny because it’s true. Most of us have a certain way that we like to think about Jesus. 
  • Some like to think of him as the cute little baby in a manger – totally cleaned off of course and smiling.
  • Some like to think of him as Buddy Jesus. He’s your best friend and only wants to make you happy. He’s happy to go wherever you want to go. He’s happy to live in your little heart and wouldn’t dream of changing you in any way. He’s the great encourager!
  • Some like to think of him as still bloodied and battered and hanging on the cross – even though he was only there for a few hours.
  • Or they add some muscles so he doesn’t look so weak.
  • Or they just clean him up and make him glow…along with Mary of course.
Through the years, many have attempted to draw a picture of Him. Most of the depictions simply make him look like one of us. His features matching the predominant culture the artist lives in.
  • That’s how we ended up with the very European and even blond haired Jesus – because that’s what people looked like for the artists that drew or painted those.
  • In recent years, serious scholars have attempted to guess based on what a first century Palestinian Jew would like look like.
  • And of course the movies usually present Jesus as this really nice and friendly guy whose dashingly hansom and a friend to all.
  • Here’s another one that’s swept the internet. Drawn by a little girl supposedly after seeing him in a vision.
The truth is that we just don’t know what he looked like when he walked the earth.
So, most of us just make him what we want him to be.
But the Jesus we find in Revelation is nothing like what we imagine. Does that mean Jesus has changed? No. It just means in Revelation we get to see him for what he truly is. The first time he appeared to us he came as a servant. The next time he comes, he will be the king of the whole world. So, let us prepare our hearts to meet our true lord and king and God – rather than the god we’ve fashioned for ourselves.
Let’s pray…

Let’s dive in. We’ll start at the beginning. The first three verses we covered last week. Make sure you watch the video or listen to the podcast if you missed it. You don’t want to miss a single message. I’m going to read all of chapter 1 and then we will come back and zoom in to its different parts.
Revelation 1
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
John,
To the seven churches in the province of Asia:
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
    and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
    and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! 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 companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum,Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 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. 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 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.
17 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. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

We already covered the first three verses, which I called a prologue last week. Basically, before John starts his letter, he wants the reader to know where he got it. And I’m sure he anticipated that the reader would be a bit shocked and disturbed by what is in this letter, so the prologue serves to prepare the reader for what is coming.
Then he begins the actual letter.
John,
To the seven churches in the province of Asia:
It was common practice in those days to begin the letter with who it is from. We see that in most of Paul’s letters.
This John is none other than the Disciple/Apostle John who wrote the Gospel of John and the three letters that bear his name. Many critics through the years have tried to refute this and claim that different Johns wrote each work, but that idea didn’t come about until a few centuries after these works were completed. All the earliest church leaders considered John the Apostle the author of all of them, including some who were direct students of John. So, that is what I stick with as well.
He’s writing to the seven churches in Asia – as he was instructed to do – we’ll talk more about these in great detail later. And he begins with a customary greeting similar to what we find in most of Paul’s letters, but in this one, John gets a bit more descriptive.
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ…
What John just did there was name the three parts of the Trinity.
The title “him who is and who was and who is to come” refers to the eternal Father.
The “seven spirits” refers to the Holy Spirit. That is not to say that the Holy Spirit is made up of seven spirits.
This is where we can take our first look at symbolism. Numbers, especially when used in prophecy, have symbolic meaning.
The number 7 is a symbolic number and is the number of completion.
Now, a number having a symbolic meaning does not take away from its literal meaning. 7 literally means the number 7 – as in 4 + 3. One more than 6 and one less than 8. But as a symbol, anytime the number 7 is used, it also indicates completion or wholeness.
One great example is the 7 days of creation. Why did God take 7 days when he could easily have taken one second? Because He was telling us something. The seven days tells us two things. First it tells us God took 7 actual days to create the universe. Second it tells us that creation was complete. Both of these rule out the theory of millions of years and evolution. Watch my series from a year ago called “In the beginning” for more on that.
So, seven means completion. The “seven spirits before the throne” refers to the one Holy Spirit (much like the three persons of the trinity make one God). 
We will see this notion of seven spirits again in Revelation, but we also see it in the Old Testament. Isaiah 11:2 actually refers to seven spirits in connection with the coming Messiah.
Isaiah 11:1-3
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
    from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
    the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and of might,
    the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
The reference to Jesse is a reference to the father of King David, from whose line the Messiah was prophesied to come. This is referring to the promised Messiah. And the prophecy says that these seven spirits would rest upon him.
And we know from Matthew 3 that the Holy Spirit rested on Jesus, the Messiah.
Matthew 3
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
So, the seven spirits before the throne refers to the Holy Spirit.
So, we have the Father, the Holy Spirit, and now the Son, Jesus Christ.  Grace and peace from the complete Godhead – the Trinity. Father-Son-and Holy Spirit.
Notice, however, that John does not list them in the normal order.  Jesus is listed last instead of second here because that is the spot of eminence. And John doesn’t just stop with his name. He goes on to add several descriptors to Jesus…with the first one being “Christ”.
Did you know that “Christ” is not Jesus’ last name? It’s his title. 
Christ – Xristos in the Greek – means the Anointed One, the Messiah, the coming King.
When we say “Jesus Christ” we are actually saying “Jesus the Anointed One of God” That is what Peter answered when Jesus asked “who do you say that I am?” “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.”
So, John calls him Jesus Christ and continues…
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
The Faithful Witness – Jesus is the embodiment of TRUTH.
John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 18:37 – In response to Pilate asking if he is a king – “You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world—to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
The Firstborn from the Dead – refers to the fact that Jesus died and rose from the dead. He was not the first human to come back from the dead. Several had been raised before him, some by Jesus himself. Firstborn means of first importance.
Philippians 2
8 He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross!
As a result God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow —in heaven and on earth and under the earth—
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
Hence the title: The Ruler of the Kings of the Earth – Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The book of Revelation is the story of how this comes to be.
And those are just a few of the titles that we will see of Jesus before we are through.

John has finished with the somewhat customary greeting, and now he breaks into what’s called a doxology. A word of praise!
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
Glory and power to him who loves us! 
Glory and power to him who freed us from our sins by his blood! Which is what Jesus did on that cross!
Glory and power to him who made us to be a kingdom. When you put your faith in Christ you become part of the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of God. You live within his dominion, meaning you love what he loves and hate what he hates and your whole life is lived to serve Him – and that’s a very good thing!
Glory and power to him who made us priests to serve God the Father. Making us priests means we have direct access to God. We don’t have to go though a human mediator.
To Jesus be glory and power forever and ever ! Amen – so shall it be!
“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
    and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
    and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.
Coming with the clouds comes from several places in Scripture. Most notably in the prophecies of Daniel.
Daniel 7
13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
The “Son of Man” is another title of Jesus. And again we see a theme of Jesus being the everlasting King that all people will worship.
We will be going back to Daniel quite a bit after the letters to the churches.
John continues that “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him” 
This does not mean that we will all just get a visual glimpse of him – it’s saying all of our eyes will be opened to see who he really is without being able to deny it. Even those who pierced him – not talking about the Roman soldiers, but the nation of Israel, the chosen people, that were the cause of his piercing. In other words, even the Jews who have long rejected him as their Messiah will finally recognize who he is.
This was prophesied by the OT prophet, Zachariah
Zachariah 12:10
“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”
Which is exactly what John says is going to happen:
and all people of the earth “will mourn because of him.”
Basically, John just gave a brief overview of what the second coming is going to be like. Jesus is going to come with the clouds in all his glory in such a way that every eye will have no choice but to see him for who he is, even the hardened Jews, and they will all mourn over the fact that they have rejected him all this time and now it’s too late.
Then, as a final crescendo before beginning his story, John effectively puts God’s signature and stamp of approval on what he is about to share:
“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 companion…
Alpha and Omega – first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. God is all knowing. Everything that can be expressed in letters, God already knows.
Who is, who was, and who is to come – God is eternal, everlasting to everlasting. no beginning and no end, the Great I AM.
the Almighty – the all powerful, sovereign king of the universe!
So, why all this fanfare?
Why all this prologue and preview and big name dropping?
It’s basically John shouting “YOU REALLY NEED TO LISTEN TO WHAT I’M ABOUT TO TELL YOU!!!”
It’s not coming from me, but from the TRIUNE God Himself in all of his glory.
And what he shared with me is beyond imagination and belief, and I wouldn’t have believed it myself if I hadn’t received it straight from the Lord.
It’s going to sound crazy. And it’s going to be confusing.
But this is OH SO IMPORTANT AND URGENT!
This is Jesus the Christ like we’ve never seen Him before!
And if what he has shown me is going to happen soon like he says, then you better read this fast, repent, and believe!
So, get your mind right and prepare your heart to hear what I’m about to share with you as it is of eternal consequence.
Are you ready? Are you listening? Do I have your attention?
Here’s how it happened…
I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum,Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
Before I continue, let’s talk about this scene for a bit. John identifies himself again and claims no title for himself other than he is a brother and friend and going through the same things his readers are going through – which we know from history is a great deal of persecution.
Because of that persecution, John has been exiled to the Greek prison camp island of Patmos because of his continued preaching and teaching about Jesus.  Patmos was a small island between modern day Greece and Turkey. You can also see the layout of the seven cities mentioned in this map.
We believe, from early church writers, that this happened in the year 95 while Emperor Trajan was ruling the Roman Empire. So, John was quite old at this point. The last living apostle, and likely one of the last of the people who had personally seen the living Jesus. History tells us that he died a few years after this, likely in Ephesus – which was his home for the last few decades of his life and the first letter he’s told to write.
He says that while he was on Patmos – on the Lord’s Day (likely meaning Sunday as that was the day of the week that Christ rose from the dead, and thus became the church’s version of the Jewish Sabbath – a practice we still keep today.) John was in the Spirit.
What exactly he means by that we do not know, though most understand this to mean he was in a state of deep prayer and meditation – or possibly he is referring to the start of his vision. The apostles Peter and Paul described being in similar states corresponding with having visions.
Either way, while John was in this state he hears behind him a loud voice like a trumpet. Now what exactly that sounded like, we cannot know – but the gist that John is getting at is that it was a loud, clear, unmistakable voice which told him to write what he sees and send it to these seven churches. We’ll talk about these churches next week.
And so, in response to the voice behind him – John turns around…to behold quite a sight…
12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 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. 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 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.
Many artists have attempted to make a picture of this, but I don’t think it is even possible to capture such a sight. Doing a quick google search, most of them I think are too tame. Jesus is all smiles and they leave out the fire and such. Here are two that I think may be close.
The seven golden lamp stands we learn later are the seven churches John is to write to. We will talk more about those next week.
Among these lamp stands, John sees someone like a son of man. There’s that title again from Daniel 7. A clear reference to the Messiah, the Son of God. It’s also indicating he looks like a human being.
And oh what a sight! We learn at the end of this chapter that the stars and lamp stands are symbolic, so it’s reasonable to assume that all the other specific descriptors that John includes are also symbolic. We will see this is the case with all of the visions.
So, let’s take a closer look…
The Robe
1and 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.
 
According to the Jewish historian, Josephus, this was likely similar to what the jewish high priests wore :
They wore “a long robe reaching to the feet,” and around the breast, “higher than the elbows,” they wore a girdle which was loosely wound round and round the body. The girdle was embroidered with colours and flowers, with a mixture of gold interwoven.”
And indeed, Christ is our great High Priest as Hebrews tells us:
Hebrews 4:14
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
So far this matches what we already know about Jesus. He is our high priest. Our mediator between us and God the Father.
The Hair
14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow
Again a reference to the prophecy of Daniel 7.  White hair does not mean he was old. White indicates purity and perfection.
We see the exact same terminology in Isaiah – a verse often quoted
Isaiah 1:18
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool.
The Greek word for white here has a connotation of bright, blazing, brilliant.  It doesn’t say if he has a beard or not.
His Eyes
His eyes are like blazing fire!  
The essence of this is piercing, all seeing! We see this in Hebrews as well:
Hebrews 4:13
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
His Feet
And his feet are like bronze glowing in a furnace.
This symbolizes Christ’s judgment. Imagine anything that his feet touch being burned to ash in a second. Only pure metals would survive. Also, a king’s feet were a symbol of authority as his subjects were usually made to kneel at his feet and the throne would be elevated so the king’s feet are above the subject’s head. In the end, God the Father promised the Son he would make all of his enemies his footstool.
Jesus himself referenced this from the Psalms as he was defending his role as Messiah,
Psalm 110:1
The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”
The feet of burning bronze symbolize the complete and total rule and judgment of Jesus, the Anointed One.
Did you notice the pattern so far?
He has the clothes of a priest/king. He is absolutely pure and perfect. His eyes see everything, and his purity gives him the right to judge. And his feet will judge and trample all who oppose him. 
 
This is not buddy Jesus. 
His Voice
…and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.
What that actually sounds like, we don’t know, but the prophet Ezekiel described God this way in a vision he had
Ezekiel 43:2
and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory.
It’s another symbol of his deity, of his power. Like the power of the ocean as it crashes on the shore. He is God. He speaks with ultimate authority and power.
16 In his right hand he held seven stars,
We’ll get to that in a minute.
His Mouth
and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword.
A clear reference to the word of God.
Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Jesus IS God and he speaks the word of God. The word that judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
And finally…
His Face
His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
This is Christ’s glory! Glory is always depicted as unbearable brightness. Moses, when he spent time with God even had some of the glory cling to him so that his face shone.
John is seeing Jesus as he really is. The king of kings, lord of lords, God in the flesh, high priest and judge of the world in all of his purity, power, and glory.
John’s reaction is the only reaction possible.
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.
This is exactly what will happen to every human being when they come in contact with the glorious risen Lord. It will be an involuntary reaction of a sinful being in the presence of pure holiness. We see this everywhere in scripture where man encounters God – and often when encountering angels. You and I have never encountered this so we don’t know what it feels like. But I can imagine it’s a feeling of utter shame and horror at how disgusting and vile my sin is in the presence of a holy God. And so like a knee jerk, the only thing we can do is fall on our face in horror and respect just like John did.
Then a beautiful thing happened.
Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
The blazing and glorious Christ of judgment gently puts his hand on John and says “Do not be afraid.” 
My friends, this is a very scary Jesus. But we do not have to be afraid of him. That is the good news. That is the gospel. We, who have already submitted to him as our Lord and King, will not have to be afraid of his coming. We do not have to be afraid of his judgment because we have already been declared innocent by our faith in his redeeming sacrifice.
We do not have to be afraid because of what Jesus says to John…
He is the first and the last. He has final say on all matters, and he has said to us who believe – do not be afraid.
He is the living one, who was dead, but is now alive forever and ever. His death paid our debt. His life sealed the deal.
He holds the keys of death and Hades. He controls who goes there, and who does not.
He is the faithful and true witness.
He knows his sheep and they know him.
If you are one of them, you have nothing to fear from him.
Praise God!!!

Many see the book of Revelation and the whole topic of the end times as frightening. And for many, they should because it is a picture of their future and ultimate demise. But for those who put their faith in Christ now, before these things happen, there is nothing to fear.
Then Jesus tells John what he is to do, and gives the first interpretation of part of what John saw…
19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
We will be getting into that in detail starting next week, but for now let me just reiterate what I started with today.
If it hasn’t already happened with today’s message, it definitely will by the time we are done with this book.
What you saw today in the first chapter was just a glimpse of who Jesus really is.
And if “your” Jesus is incompatible with “this” Jesus – then you are worshipping a false god.
He’s not our buddy Jesus, or the baby Jesus, or the crucified Jesus anymore.
When he comes the second time, he will either be your best friend and ultimate hope – or he will be your worst fear and enemy.
Paul summarizes what we have seen and what we should expect in this quote from…
Philippians 2
6 [Jesus] Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!
Many like to leave Jesus there, as the servant, as a man, as humble, and dead.  But that was only half of the story. The Jesus that exists right now, and the Jesus we will meet either when we die or when he comes back will be this…
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.
He came the first time in humiliation;
He will return in exaltation.
He came the first time to be killed;
He will return to judge and kill His enemies.
He came the first time to serve;
He will return to be served.
He came the first time as the suffering servant;
He will return as the conquering king.
Take a look at this picture. Jesus is frightening.
He is powerful and fierce.
There is fire in his eyes and a sword coming out of his mouth.
He has feet like burning bronze.
He will destroy all that opposes him.
And protect all that join him.
That’s right. Imagine this fierce Jesus – fighting FOR YOU, not against you. Imagine this powerful King fighting FOR YOU against your enemies because they are His enemies.
All those who curse our God and blaspheme His name will be destroyed by His all consuming fire and majesty while we, who believe, who have yielded our thrones to him now are told – do not be afraid. I am all in all and I have found favor in you. Join me in paradise forever as I make our enemies my footstool.
That’s good news. That’s a way better Jesus than the Buddy Jesus, or the Baby Jesus, or even the crucified Jesus.
That’s a God I can worship and adore. That’s a God I can give my life to and serve with all my heart because he is worthy!
My friends, this is just the first glimpse of the real Jesus. There is more to come.
This is the revelation – the revealing – the uncovering of Jesus – the Anointed One. The Son of God. The one who will come again to judge the living and the dead.
If that is not the Jesus you know, love, and serve – then you need to repent. You need to change your mind about who He is.
He is not what we want him to be.
 
But he is everything that we need Him to be and so much more!
Do not be afraid.
Just Believe!