Scripture Reading: Revelation 1:17-20
“When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying, ‘Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.” (Revelation 1:17,18)
John had just experienced an encounter with the living God. He had been given the vision of the Son of Man, who is transcendent, glorious, majestic, powerful and eternal. How would you react if you had this encounter with the glorified Christ?
Our passage tells us how John reacted — “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead.” Throughout the Scripture those who were given a glimpse of the glory and holiness of God realized immediately their sinfulness and unworthiness — Isaiah (Isaiah 6:5), Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:29), Paul (Acts (;3,4) and Peter ( Luke 5:8). John came to know that the Christ before whom he fell was none other than the sovereign Lord of heaven and earth. John was filled with fear.
But an amazing thing happened — “But He laid His right hand on me.” The glorified Christ laid His right hand on John! The initial realization of a hand touching John must have been terrifying to him. But John soon realized that the touch of Jesus was meant to reassure and to strengthen him. With His right hand on John, Jesus said to him — “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.”
What we see in this vision is both the transcendence and the immanence of Jesus Christ. He is the Son of Man who is high and lifted up and yet He comes to John and touches him with His right hand to strengthen and reassure him. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Let us experience both His transcendent glory and His tender touch. He is the Lord of all but He is also our Friend who comes to us in our troubles.
Lord Jesus, I bow before Your glory and majesty. You indeed are the Son of Man who will come again in glory. I thank You for the times that You have reached down and touched me when I was afraid and troubled in order to reassure me and to strengthen me. I know that You love me and that You are with me always.
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