Today I want to continue with the topic of celebrating Jesus for who He is today and tomorrow. In reading the book of “Revelation”, the “revelation of Jesus Christ” (Rev 1:1), Jesus shows John who He is now and what He’s going to do. I believe we can draw strength and courage from ”Revelation” as it presents the reality of the character and presence of our Savior, Jesus today and forever.
He is God with US(Emmanuel) Rev 1:13 Here John sees, “standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man.” We know the lampstands represent the churches and it says that someone like the Son of Man was in the middle of them. Jesus was in their midst of the churches. He is in His church today! Jesus is moving among us today!
He is the Living One Rev 1:18 He’s not dead nor has He left us. We do not need to be afraid. He has defeated the power of death! He is alive forevermore. His living presence with us is an unseen reality that we should celebrate today.
He is the Son of God Rev 2:18 Let us never forget that Jesus is God. Perfect in holiness, all-powerful, all-knowing. He is the ultimate image of the unseen God. Jesus has final and complete authority over all things!
He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah Rev 5:5 Majestic and strong. The victor, the One worthy to open the scroll. However, when John turns to see the victorious, worthy One, he doesn’t see a lion because Jesus didn’t conquer as a lion…
He is the Lamb that was slain Rev 5:6, The Greek word here means “little lamb”. Like a lamb Jesus humbled Himself, surrendered totally and completely to the will of His Father and bore the weight of all our sin on the cross. His sacrifice brought about the triumph! Victory came and still does come through sacrifice!
This is our God, this is Jesus: God with Us, the Living One, the Son of God, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, and the Lamb that was slain. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever. As I think about Jesus in this way, there’s an excitement that rises in me. There’s so much more that He’s called us to do and He is right here with us, teaching us, leading us, and empowering us, to do our part in seeing “His kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven”.
So please join me in celebrating Jesus, this Christmas, for all He’s done, for all He is and for all He will be. “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!” Rev 5:13