Wednesday Word: November 09, 2016
How We See Jesus-Part 2
Last week I wrote about Jesus’ crucified body so we could understand how much torture He went through out of His love for us. We know He was not left in that state. He was resurrected and then ascended to sit on the throne of Heaven next to Father God. What I want to focus on in this writing is the description John gives us in Revelation of Jesus’ glorified body. As you read keep in mind that we are The Body of Christ.
Revelation 1:1-3 – The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
*A surprising and previously unknown fact, especially one that is made known in a dramatic way.
*The making known of something that was previously secret or unknown.
*Used to emphasize the surprising or remarkable quality of someone or something.
*The divine or supernatural disclosure to humans of something relating to human existence or the world.
In short, a revelation is something being revealed that was kept secret or hidden before. The first line of the book of Revelation says “The Revelation of Jesus Christ…”. So it can be said that it is the revealing of Jesus the Christ.
When we first meet/encounter someone the first thing we see is their appearance. The second thing we notice is how they are acting or their demeanor. What I mean are things like how they are moving (are they fidgeting, are they looking the person they are talking to in the eyes or looking elsewhere, are they talking with their hands, etc.) We gain preliminary information about a person based on these attributes before we ever even get to know the person. We make our judgments on these things before we truly get to know the person. Sometimes our judgments are correct but most times they are not. Our Lord really wants us to truly know Him. He wants us to know how He looks but more importantly who He is. Once we begin to know who Jesus truly is we can better relate to Him and then to one another. How we see Jesus reflects in how we treat each other. The Bible is called the Word of God. Jesus IS the Word of God. The Bible in its entirety is the description of Jesus Christ. Father God has kept things as a mystery so the secrets of Heaven would not be misused and abused. If we spend more time learning about who Jesus is, the more Father God through Holy Spirit will reveal to us. The more Holy Spirit reveals to us the more we desire to know and grow in our relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit.
Here is a start for anyone that desires to go deeper. Read Revelation 1:12-16. Then do a word search for every part of the description of Jesus Christ. For example, it is revealed that Jesus had hair like wool that was white as snow. This is a literal description but there is much more in this. What is the color white representative of throughout the entire Bible? His eyes were like a flame of fire. How else is a flame of fire described throughout the Bible? His feet were like fine brass as if refined in a furnace. Where else is brass spoken about throughout the Bible? Are we getting the picture? Jesus is The Word of God. Everything was created through Him (John 1:1-5). He IS our Temple (Revelation 21:22-27). We are His Body. How we see Jesus reflects on how we see each other and ourselves. How do you see Jesus?
Alicia R. Shipe
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