Daily Devotion, 01/31/2019, “Back to the Big Reveal”
Back in December I started writing devotions from the book of Revelation as I was finishing out working through the New Testament but then took a break from that for the holidays and our 21 Days of Prayer. Today, at last, I’m diving back into this mysterious apocryphal letter of John’s found at the end of the Bible. I will not be trying to interpret every symbolic meaning or solve each prophetic puzzle but I will be looking for how we can practically apply the treasures contained within to our daily lives. It’s easy to become so fascinated with the imagery of the writing and the various broad interpretations of what they mean that we miss out on the encouraging, inspiring and equipping words God has for us personally. May we all be open to all God has for us as we receive His Revelation together.
Revelation 1:16b-19 NIV (John’s encounter with Jesus in a vision)
His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.”
John’s encounter with Jesus is much like that of many who encountered heavenly beings in the scriptures, he fell in fear to the ground “as though dead.” We should all have a deep reverence and respect for our Savior King Jesus to whom all authority in heaven and on earth belongs but we can’t do much good for Him and His kingdom while we’re having a near death experience induced by a holy fear of Him. “Then he placed his right hand on me and said, ‘Do not be afraid.’” I love that! It’s like Jesus is saying, “I appreciate the reverence, honor and respect but don’t just lay there in fear and awe, I love you and I am with you and I have something for you to do so get up and let’s get started.” Likewise, when we encounter Jesus, our hearts begin to worship Him as they should but there is always a point where Jesus calls us to walk out our worship by joining Him in His Kingdom work. You are loved!