A True Self-Portrait of Jesus Christ

Being the wife of a teaching elder has the added benefit of learning about whatever he is studying during that season.   We discuss and debrief his teaching and enjoy what God reveals to us about various passages of the Bible. Currently, he is preaching through the first part of Revelation.

There are many portraits of Jesus that have been presented in movies, books, music, and pop culture.  You have the friendly Sunday school Jesus with children playing all around.  You have the Mel Gibson version of the bloody and crucified Jesus.  Then there is the domesticated Jesus, our buddy, homeboy, or boyfriend who we can just hang out with.

Then you read Revelation 1:1 “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants…”  These are the words of Jesus himself, written to the Church through the apostle John, of his glorious return and the future of the universe.  In this chapter Jesus gives us a picture of himself in verses 12-16.

“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.”

This is the true self-portrait of Jesus Christ!  If we are to seek his face and anticipate his return, let us be careful which image of Jesus we envision as our Saviour.  Let us look to Scripture for the true pictures of our Lord and ask the Holy Spirit to help us embrace the One who was and is and is to come!

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