“Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me…When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last”” (Revelation 1:12, 17).
In this scene, such divine communication would not be surprising for a man like John because he had been one of the top three disciples who were the closest to Jesus (Peter, James and John). Now an old man, not much had changed except for his age. John had been so close to the Lord that he was able to ask Jesus a question that none of the others dared to ask (John 13:22-26). He was also the disciple that Jesus could entrust His mother Mary to as He was dying on the cross (19:26-27). The gospel John wrote is the only one of the four that focuses so much on the person of Jesus. Now exiled to an island as his prison, John’s passion for the Lord was undiminished. I would go so far as to say, it was sharper and his spiritual vision clearer than it ever had been. In this place of isolation, John was in tune with his Lord and waiting for the next communication.
John hears the voice of Jesus speaking to him. He had been familiar with that voice and knew immediately who it was; then he turns to see the Person behind the voice. What he saw was not what he had seen for three and a half years, but far greater; the unveiled glory of the resurrected Jesus. No wonder John “fell at His feet as though dead.”
Why was the revelation of Jesus’ glory to John so important? Jesus was going to give him a message to the Church and it could not be communicated without the full impact of His glory on John. Our message in any ministry, in any setting, under any circumstances, in any culture will be only as effective as how we live in closeness with Jesus and see His glory. What are you communicating to others? If it is just knowledge, your audience will miss the glory of Jesus in your message.
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