The Glories of
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.
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And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
The Holy Bible: King James Version, Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), Ge 17:3.
And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation?
The Holy Bible: King James Version, Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), Nu 16:22.
In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 3 And one cried unto another, and said,
Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts:
hThe whole earth is full of his glory.
4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. 6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7 And he olaid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, sHere am I; send me.
The Holy Bible: King James Version, Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), Is 6:1–8.
As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.
The Holy Bible: King James Version, Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), Eze 1:28.
And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
The Holy Bible: King James Version, Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), Ac 9:4.
His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.