Revelation 1:12–16 (ESV)
12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning
I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire,
15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.
In yesterday’s passage, John heard a voice speaking to him from behind telling him to write everything down and to give to the seven churches. Today, John turns around. John says he saw seven golden
lampstands. To understand what are these seven golden lampstands, Matthew 5:14-16 states: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand,
and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” The Light is Jesus. Also found later in this book,Rev.
21:22–23 (ESV): 22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.”
“The Light is Christ”. John turns around and sees Jesus! The Lampstands are the churches. Christ is the Head of the Church.
John sees in the midst of the lampstands one like a son
of man. Jesus is referred to as “son of man” 86 times in the New Testament. Now John describes maybe like Joan Rivers describes how the stars were dressed at the Academy Awards: “clothed with a long robe and with
a golden sash around his chest.” Unfortunately, no label or designer was mentioned, but I’m pretty sure it was from the Great Creation Collection by the Great Creator himself. John moves from describing the clothing to describing
Jesus, stating: “14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters.”
With this majestic description, I think everyone would take notice of him, especially with eyes like a flame of fire. Even today, in movies, art, cartoons, etc... when they are depicting God, this image is what is usually used. Cartoons today give
credit to some other supreme being, but we know that there is only one God, and that is the Trinity. John says the Christ is holding seven stars which are the seven angels protecting the seven churches and a double edged sword is coming from His mouth.
This double edged sword is the Word of God, the same Word that Christ used in defense of Satan and drove him away when Jesus was tempted three times. His face was like the sun shining in full strength. Now I wonder, what would I do if I turned around
and saw this... what would you do? Tomorrow we will see John’s response. I pray: Lord, I look forward to seeing you face to face. Thank you for this revelation in revealing you in your Divine nature. Jesus gave his disciples
a glimpse on the Mount of Transfiguration, and John gives us a glimpse of you in Heaven. Help me to never take you for granted and to never turn from your ways. I want to see you Lord, help me to patiently endure my time here on earth until you
bring me to Heaven through death or the Second Coming, which ever comes first. You are my light and my Salvation. Amen!”