When you imagine God, what do you see?
John’s has this amazing vision of Jesus. He is in exile on the island of Patmos (John that is), which was apparently a depressing island of mountains and mines at the time – not the best holiday destination. But he sees this vision of Jesus.
He sees seven lamp stands and then in the middle was someone like a son of man, dressed in a long robe. He had white hair and his eyes were like fire. His feet were glowing, like bronze, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. He held seven stars in his right hand and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double edged sword. His face was like the sun.
Before you think “whoah, steady on with the cheese at night” this is a vision that has come from the Holy Spirit – who enables us to communicate with God and to see him at work. The lamp stands and the stars represent the churches that the letter is written to – considered to be light where they are, doing Jesus’ work in the world.
John’s instant reaction is to fall at his feet in worship. It’s scary, but Jesus said “Do not be afraid”. He has everything in his control. He even holds life in his hands.
Christ is in our midst. That’s what this is about. He is the all-powerful one, the living word. He is amazing.
What does it change if we know that Christ is here with us?
Lord God, thank you for Jesus. Thank you that he is so powerful, so clean and so pure. Thank you that he is here with me today. Help me to worship you as I should, but not to be afraid. Amen.
Sometimes it’s easy to get a bit confused about God and think of him like a divine Santa Claus. Pray today that he would show you who he really is and help you get the right picture.