Revelation 1:17

The Revelation

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.” Revelation 1:17

John knew Jesus. He walked with Him. He ate meals with Him. He was one of Jesus’ disciples. For three and a half years he was by the Savior’s side. He was one of only three chosen to be with the Lord on the Mount of Transfiguration. He was sitting next to Jesus at the Passover. John was right there at the crucifixion. Jesus gave him the honor of caring for Mary, His mother. John was at the grave. He saw the resurrected Messiah. He stood on the Mount of Olives as Jesus ascended into heaven. As much as any man could, John knew Jesus.

And yet, this magnificent revelation of Jesus overwhelmed him to the point of death.

This was a heavenly vision of the Creator of the universe and even though John knew Him so well, his face hit the dirt.

John fell prostrate before the Lord, but Jesus didn’t leave John on the ground as if he were dead.

“…Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 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.’” Revelation 1:17-18

This moment of fear was replaced with the gentle touch of the Savior. He reached out His right hand and spoke these sweet words. “Do not be afraid.”

I love that. Jesus doesn’t want us to be afraid. His Revelation might overwhelm us. His presence might be more than we can take in, but His words are of a Gentle Shepherd soothing away any anxiety, fear, terror.

We are living the “new normal”. The news can strike fear. But our dear Savior is reaching out His hand to us with those same sweet words today and every day, “Do not be afraid.”

Let’s walk in the beauty of that.



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