Thursday, July 19, 2007

My Jesus

Worth a Thousand and One Words

13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. Revelation 1

There are so many pictures of Jesus nowadays. Many denominations, have various pictures, or ideas of who Jesus was/is and what He looked like. Most of them show him, as fair skinned, with wavy, long, brown hair and blue eyes. Some show him a bit more rougher, thick, dark, curly, short hair with weathered, brown skin and piercing eyes. A picture says a thousand words.

The description of John's vision of "the Son of Man" is one that weakens the knees. Not only is there a physical description of Christ, but the pristine glory of His defined. At first glance, John sees The Son of Man standing in the midst of the seven candlesticks.

And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. verses 12-13

The seven candlesticks are defined in verse 20, as the seven churches that John is to relay Christ's message to. This image alone is striking! Christ standing in the midst of His Church, knowing, observing and watching every single action and result thereof! How much power and glory does this image alone convey! It is enough to strike reverence in my heart, that I am faithful and dutiful in all that He's called me to do! What Presence of Christ it reveals!

The photograph of John's vision continues on to describe His hair and head. White as as snow and eyes of fire. His eyes remind me of this particular scripture:

"Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
For our God is a consuming fire". Hebrews 12:28-29 (additional relevant scripture 1Peter 1:7)

Eyes that are knowing, as he stands in the midst of His churches. Eyes that test the work of the saints! I imagine His white hair to be a crown of purity. Majestic in it's regalia. His feet are defined as fine brass, burned in furnace, in which he stands in strength. Strengthened and justified by the righteousness of his Resurrection.

His voice is one the speaks with power, might and truth. The comparison of His voice with water invokes the sensation of an overwhelming feeling of powerlessness, yet comfort, in His presence.

The seven stars Christ holds in his hands are said by various bible scholars to be actual angels or men established by Christ to lead His church. In any event, the Exalted King is seen holding the seven stars in His right hand, further conveying His position as the Head of the Church. Out of his mouth comes a double-edge sword, the Word of God. The sword that pierces the heart of men and is a "dicerner" of truth!

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" Hebrews 4:12

As I see different assortments of ideologies of the Christ in various places, I pause to wonder about the artist's understanding of the King of kings. For a picture simply cannot contain the Glory of Christ and the love for His church. As for me, I carry a picture of my Jesus in the Book of Revelation.

"Who is he the overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

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