We often picture Jesus as he is at Christmas: a little baby. Or, we think of him like many pictures portray him: a gentle smile, long flowing hair, friendly beard, arms looking to heal and hug us. Those pictures have their place, but the apostle John knew Jesus. He was a friend of Jesus. He leaned on Jesus during the Last Supper. And the picture of Jesus that John shares with us in the opening of the book of Revelation is not like those other pictures of Jesus. No, Revelation shows Jesus in his glory, and this Jesus so overwhelms John that the apostle falls on his face and worships him.
This much, much more intense version of Jesus is why he can be our friend. This is how we can trust he will heal us. This is why we can call him our brother. This is why Jesus as a baby can comfort us.This vision of Jesus is how we fully trust his gospel is true. It because the friend, the healer, the brother, the baby is also the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He has all power and all authority and every knee will bow and tongue will confess that He is Lord. He will come riding on the clouds and everyone will do what John did…fall on their face in worship.
Listen to Dr. Brian Autry, Executive Director of the SBC of Virginia proclaim God’s word and lead our hearts to worship this picture of Jesus.