When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,
A very real and common response by John in his vision of Christ is to fall at His feet. Every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess Him as Lord. We can see in Genesis 17:3 how Abram fell on His face, in Numbers 16:22, Moses and Aaron fell on their faces, in Isaiah 6:1-8, Isaiah proclaiming “Woe is me” when he saw our Lord sitting on His throne, and Ezekiel has the same response as John when he saw the glory of the Lord in Ezekiel 1:28. In awestruck wonder, can you put yourself in their place for a moment? Can you imagine being Saul/Paul in Acts 9:4? In John’s vision the glory of Christ was on full display. We can see in Revelation 1:14-16 a picture of Christ that made John fall to His feet. We can envision a picture of Christ’s holiness and His all knowingness in verse 14; we see His chastening of sin in the church through the authority in His voice in verse 15. And finally, John gives us a picture of Christ’s control of church leaders, judgement on the church’s enemies, and Christ’s Glory in verse 16. The Lord’s face was like the sun shining in its strength. The Lord Jesus Christ came not only to take away our sins, to destroy the devil’s work, and to make the Father known—to show what it was in God’s power, in his holiness, in his love, in his essential being, in such a way that we might look and discover—but finally, to prepare for a second advent.
Listen to the words of Jesus himself in John 14: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there [you] may be also.”
Do you know Jesus Christ today? I do not mean as a figure of history. Do you know that Jesus is God Almighty? He is not the Jesus of the cults or false religions. He is the almighty God, Father, Counselor, creator of the ends of the earth, who never grows weary. And in that Bethlehem manger lay God, wiggling his toes. Any wonder that the shepherds went out and spread the word? Any wonder that they bowed in worship before him? And when we take the message of the advent of Jesus Christ back to our society—not as some helpless wriggling infant but as a Christ who is glorified in heaven and even in our country—then once again the wisdom of our world will bow before his glory.