THE VISION OF THE SON OF MAN

Scripture Reading: Revelation 1:6-16

“Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lamp stands, and in the midst of the lamp stands one like a Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of His head were white like wool, as white as snow. His eyes were a flame of fire.” (Revelation 1:12-14)

This is the first of several visions of Jesus found in the book of Revelation. This vision emphasizes the transcendent glory of our Savior. This is a vision of the glorified Christ clothed with power and majesty. The “Son of Man” was Jesus’ favorite title for Himself.

The key to understanding what the title “Son of Man” means is found in the pages of the Old Testament, particularly in Daniel chapters 7 and 10. It would be helpful it you took a few minutes to read these two chapters. Here are a couple of verses from the seventh chapter of Daniel — “I saw in the night visions, and behold with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him” (Daniel 7:13,14). The Son of Man is God the Son, the ruler of the entire universe. One day all peoples of the earth will bow before him and serve Him.

The clothing in this vision defines the role of a priest. (Exodus 29 describes the garments of the Aaronic priesthood.) The Son of Man is both a king and a priest. A priest is a bridge between man and God. As our priest, Jesus intercedes for us and presents us to God as holy, blameless and undefiled (Colossians 1:22).

In the description of the Son of Man, John uses a number of word pictures that have their origin in the Old Testament. “The hairs of his head were white, as white as snow” (v. 14a). White is a symbol of purity. The Son of Man is pure and spotless. “His eyes were a flame of fire” (v. 14b). The Son of Man is purifying. Fire penetrates and transforms. “His feet were like burnished bronze refined in a furnace” (v. 15a). The bronze represents strength and stability. “His voice was like the roar of many waters” (v. 15b). Christ’s voice is commensurate with His appearance — awesome and commanding. “From his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword” (v. 16b). The writer to the Hebrews describes the Word of God in terms of a sharp two-edged sword. “His face was like the sun shining in full strength” (v. 16c). Christ is the light that shines through the darkness.

As we reflect upon this glorious vision of the Son of Man, we should be filled will awe at the majesty, glory, power, and sovereignty of Jesus Christ. He is our King and Priest. His glory is beyond our comprehension. Let us bow in reverence before Him this day.

Lord Jesus, Son of Man, I bow before You and praise You for your majesty, glory, power and sovereignty. You are my King who rules and defends me and You are my Priest who intercedes on my behalf. You are pure and spotless, powerful and transforming, strong and stable, awesome and commanding, the source of truth, and the light that shines in the darkness. I praise and honor You!

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