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 ESV)
Close your eyes and picture Jesus. Don’t keep reading, just close your eyes and let a mental picture of him form in your mind, then continue.
Now, you probably saw either a painting of Jesus with pretty hair and a docile expression, or Jesus hanging on a cross, head dipped in despair. These are the two most popular depictions of King Jesus. The marginalized peasant, and the suffering servant. And Jesus did live his life on earth for the good of others and to the detriment of himself (Mark 10:45). But do you know who Jesus is right now?
“Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 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. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 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.” (Revelation 1:12-16)
Jesus took on flesh for a time, but he is no longer suffering on a Roman cross. He is alive. He is ruling and reigning, sovereign over all the universe. He is King in heaven, King over hell, and King upon the earth. There is no glory like his to be seen by the eyes of men. What was John’s reaction to seeing King Jesus? “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.”
This, too, should be our response to Jesus. If you do not feel awe toward Jesus, maybe you don’t know who he is. We don’t serve the Jesus of pop-culture, nor the Jesus depicted by oil paintings or dead relics. We serve the risen Jesus, the living God. We serve a most capable King.
Dwell upon the majesty and lordship of Jesus today.