Revelation 1:12-16

The Revelation

“I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And 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.” Revelation 1:12-16

The Gospels don’t record Jesus’ height, weight, color of his hair. We don’t have a physical description of Him. However, we do read in Isaiah 53 that Messiah had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him. It wasn’t Jesus’ looks that drew people. It was His love and mercy and grace.

But here in these few verses in Revelation, we are given a brief glimpse of Him.

He was dressed similarly to the priests when they went into the Temple to serve. Only the High Priest could go into the holiest part of the Temple. Jesus is our great High Priest. 1Timothy 2:5 tells us that He is the mediator between God and man.

Jesus’ hair was white like wool. He is the Lamb of God.

His eyes were like blazing fire.

We’re stopping here to ask a question, when do my eyes blaze? Because, most of the time, they don’t. However, if anyone ever attempts to hurt one of my children or grandchildren, they will definitely see my eyes blazing with fire. And perhaps that’s one of the reasons why Jesus’ eyes are blazing, because there are people suffering and under persecution. There is injustice and unrighteousness in our world.

His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace. What a reminder that He was that fourth Man in the fiery furnace when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood for their faith and faced the fire. He is with us through all of life’s fiery trials.

And His voice was like the sound of rushing waters. If you have ever been to Niagara Falls or another of earth’s rushing waters, you know that the sound of that water drowns out all other sounds. His voice, if we will listen, drowns out all other voices. And even when He whispers, it is the biggest voice in the world.

His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. The Shekinah Glory radiates out of Messiah.

What a beautiful portrait.

John uses the word “like” over and over. Like a son of man, eyes like blazing fire, feet like bronze, a voice like rushing waters, His face like the sun, those comparisons are for our benefit. The presence was so great that there aren’t words big enough to use to describe the glory, the magnificence, the majesty, the beauty, the splendor of our Savior.

John saw Jesus.

Someday, so will we.


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