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Jesus is Alive and at Work Today

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“MEET THE RISEN CHRIST”

THE GLORY OF JESUS

REVELATION 1:9-18

Portraits 4-7

On the first Easter morning, Mary was looking at the empty tomb and met Jesus.

 

She had come in sorrow and confusion. All the memories of Him flooded her mind. Jesus had loved her, forgiven her, and made her so many promises. But now Jesus seemed to be so far away, all of those things seemed distant to Mary.

 

Mary needed to see Jesus. That is why she was last at the Cross, and first at the Tomb. Mary came needing Him, and now would be first to see the Risen Christ. Only He could strengthen her faith and comfort her heart and that is what He did.

 

But that was 2,000 years ago—and it seems so long ago and so far away.

 

We live so distant at times from the quietness of the garden on Resurrection morning.

 

We live so removed from the gracious assurances that Jesus offered to Mary.

 

But that is only our fault, because the truth of the resurrection is that Jesus is alive. And since He is alive He is doing the same things He did then.

 

Did you catch that? Jesus wants us to know that He is still doing just what He did that morning, and in the days that followed. So much of His ministry was assuring the disciples of what they already knew, and encouraging them to do what He left them here to do.

 

This morning, will you meet again the Risen Christ?

 

And as you meet Him, will you see what He is doing today? That is what He wants for us–to see Him, and even, more believe Him. And then respond to His work in us through His Word.

 

To best see Jesus this morning, turn with me to the only eye witness account with a complete description of the Risen Christ. Over sixty years after Resurrection Sunday another meeting took place. It was also on a Sunday, a Lord’s Day. And in the flawless record of that meeting comes seven perfect descriptions of what Jesus looks like. And from those seven descriptions we find out exactly what He is doing then and now!

 

Will you see Jesus anew and afresh with me, and experience all that He wants to do in your life and mine today, and in the days ahead—if we will invite Him to be at work in us.

 

Here we go. Open with me to Revelation 1.9-20. Stand with me, and as I read notice what John saw.

 

Revelation 1:9-20 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” 12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lamp stands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lamp stands:

  1. One like the Son of Man,
  2. clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and
  3. His eyes like a flame of fire; 15
  4. His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and
  5. His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and
  6. His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But
  7. He laid His right hand on me, saying to me,  “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. 19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. 20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lamp stands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lamp stands which you saw are the seven churches.

 

With each of these seven descriptions John records comes a matching ministry of Christ’s while He was on earth. John actually sees Him doing just what He did while He was here. Jesus is the same—yesterday, today, and forever. And how John needed that reminder—and so do we!

 

Pray

 

 

What did John see? Pencil these in your mind, mark them in your Bibles. He saw Jesus and tells us of it.

  1. Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Humanity v. 13a “like a Son of Man”. So He can truly have compassion upon us.
  2. Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Priesthood v. 13b-14b “robe, sash, white hair”. So He can truly forgive us.
  3. Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Omniscience v. 14c “eyes like a flame of fire”. So He can truly see us where we are.
  4. Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Omnipotence v. 15a “feet like fine brass”. So He can truly protect us.
  5. Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Omnipresence v. 15b “voice like the sound of many waters”. So He can truly encourage us.
  6. Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Majesty v. 16b-17a “face like the Sun shining in its strength”. So He can truly be worshipped by us.
  7. Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Touch v. 16a; 17b-20 “hand upon me”. So He can truly help us.

 

  1. We need to see Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Humanity v. 13a “like a Son of Man”. So He can truly have compassion upon us. Every time compassion is used in the New Testament it speaks of Jesus! (12x).

 

First of all, what did Jesus do on earth? He had compassion upon us weak and wandering humans.

 

Mark 6:34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.

 

Matthew 20:34 So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.

 

So what does He do now? He has compassion upon us in all our needs!

 

Hebrews 2:18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

 

Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

 

he is visitING us in his CHURCH 1:13 “…and in the midst of the seven lamp stands…[One] like the Son of Man”.

 

Do you know that this church is His? More than you going around and seeing your friends to see how they are doing—Jesus is visiting around, He is checking our hearts to see if we came to church cleaned up and prepared to seek Him. He comes to see if we came spiritually cold or if we came with our “first love” for Him.

  • Anyone felt they could come to Him, He was approachable: woman with blood, leper, dad with dying daughter, sick servant.
  • Are you weak? He understands.
  • Are you afraid? He is acquainted with all we face.
  • Are you alone? He faced the long loneliness of the Garden of Gethsemane, the Wilderness temptation, and the hours of darkness on the Cross—He know what it is like to be alone.

 

  1. We need to see Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Priesthood v. 13b-14b clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow,” So He can truly forgive us.

 

First of all, what did Jesus do on earth? He forgave sins!

 

Mark 1:41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him,  “I am willing; be cleansed.”

 

Mark 2:1-5 And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. 2 Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. 3 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. 4 And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”

 

John 8:11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

 

So what does He do now? He forgives our sins.

 

Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

 

Hebrews 7:24-25 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

 

  • Do you feel defiled? He alone can forgive and cleanse.
  • Do you feel the fear of future judgment? He can take that penalty you deserve away forever.

 

  1. We need to see Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Omniscience v. 14c “eyes like a flame of fire”. So He can truly see us where ever we are.

 

First of all, what did Jesus do on earth? He always knew where His disciples were and what they needed.

 

Arbel watching (Matthew 14:22-33; Mark 6:46-48; John 6:15-21) Mark 6:46-48 And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. 47 Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. 48 Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by.

 

So what does He do now? He knows every detail, every fear, every weakness and can help us!

 

Hebrews 4:15-16 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

 

  1. We need to see Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Omnipotence v. 15aHis feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace”. Those feet of brass speak of strength and power. He reveals that strength to remind us that He can truly protect us.

 

First of all, what did Jesus do on earth? He was always delivering them from danger, and stilling their storms (Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:23-25).

 

Mark 6:46-48 And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. 47 Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. 48 Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by.

 

Luke 8:23-25 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”

 

So what does He do now? He ever lives to intercede and help us in every danger we face.

 

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

 

Hebrews 7:24-25 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

 

  1. We need to see Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Omnipresence v 15b “voice like the sound of many waters”. Have you ever noticed that Jesus was always speaking to people at their time of greatest need? His voice can be heard anywhere, for He is everywhere present. So He can truly encourage us.

 

First of all, what did Jesus do on earth? He was always meeting their most desperate needs.

 

John 20:13-16 Then they said to her,  “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” 14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).

 

John 21:15-17 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter,  “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” 16 He said to him again a second time,  “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him,  “Tend My sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time,  “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time,  “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him,  “Feed My sheep.

 

So what does He do now? He is always with us, He promises to never leave our side! He can encourage and help us always, anywhere, and anytime—just invite Him to come to your rescue.

 

Matthew 28:20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

 

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

 

  1. We need to see Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Majesty v. 16b-17a “face like the Sun shining in its strength”. One look at Jesus and John crumbles in awe and wonder filled worship at His feet. He is glorious in Majesty and power. He reminds us of that glory so we can truly be worship Him.

 

First of all, what did Jesus do on earth? He was always inviting the worship of those who loved Him.

 

Matthew 14:33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”

 

Mark 6:51 Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled.

 

Luke 5:8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

 

So what does He do now? He is always waiting for us to lavish our love upon Him and worship Him.

 

Luke 24:52 And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,

 

Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,

 

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

 

  1. We need to see Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Touch v. 16a; 17b-20 “16 He had in His right hand seven stars; He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. 19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. 20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lamp stands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lamp stands which you saw are the seven churches.”

 

He holds His church, He guards its message and its messengers. And when John was overwhelmed, Jesus reached down to strengthen him. He can always help us. Just think of Peter as he sank, the Leper as he pleaded for cleansing, and Thomas as he knelt before the Risen Christ.

 

First of all, what did Jesus do on earth? He was always touching those He loved with strength and help.

 

Peter at his direst moment full of fear. Matthew 14:30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

 

The leper at his direst moment full of decay. Luke 5:12 And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

 

Thomas at his direst moment full of doubt. John 20:28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

 

But that was 2,000 years ago—and it seems so long ago and so far away.

 

We live so distant at times from the quietness of the garden on Resurrection morning.

 

But that is only our fault, because the truth of the resurrection is that Jesus is alive. And since He is alive He is doing the same things He did then.

 

Did you catch that? Jesus wants us to know that He is still doing just what He did that morning, and in the days that followed. So much of His ministry was assuring the disciples of what they already knew, and encouraging them to do what He left them here to do.

 

This morning, have you meet again the Risen Christ?

 

Have you seen what He is doing today? That is what He wants for us–to see Him, and even, more believe Him. And then respond to His work in us through His Word.

 

Will you see Jesus anew and afresh with me, and experience all that He wants to do in your life and mine today, and in the days ahead—if we will invite Him to be at work in us.

 

So what does He do now?

 

He is always there to touch us, lift us, encourage us, restore us, and remind us that all that He promised is true.

 

Hebrews 13:5, 8  Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

 

What did John see? Pencil these in your mind, mark them in your Bibles. He saw Jesus and tells us of it.

  1. See Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Humanity v. 13a “like a Son of Man”. So He can truly have compassion upon us. He is like us.
  2. See Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Priesthood v. 13b-14b “robe, sash, white hair”. So He can truly forgive us. He is able to forgive us completely.
  3. See Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Omniscience v. 14c “eyes like a flame of fire”. So He can truly see us where we are.
  4. See Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Omnipotence v. 15a “feet like fine brass”. So He can truly protect us all the way through life to the end..
  5. See Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Omnipresence v. 15b “voice like the sound of many waters”. So He can truly encourage us.
  6. Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Majesty v. 16b-17a “face like the Sun shining in its strength”. So He can truly be worshipped by us.
  7. Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Touch v. 16a; 17b-20 “hand upon me”. So He can truly help us.

 

EXTRA MATERIALS TO USE

 

The second thing to note is that in this passage John takes titles which in the Old Testament are descriptions of God and applies them to the Risen Christ.

  1. His head and his hair were white, as white wool, like snow. In Daniel 7:9 that is a description of the Ancient of Days.
  2. His voice was as the sound of many waters. In Ezekiel 43:2 that is a description of God’s own voice.
  3. He had the seven stars in his hand. In the Old Testament it is God himself who controls the stars. It is God’s question to Job: “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loose the cords of Orion?” (Job 38:31).
  4. I am the first and the last. Isaiah hears the voice of God saying: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no God” (Isaiah 44:6; cp. 48:12).
  5. I am the living one. In the Old Testament God is characteristically “the living God” (Joshua 3:10; Psalm 42:2; Hosea 1:10).
  6. I have the keys of death and of Hades. The Rabbis had a saying that there were three keys which belonged to God and which he would share with no other—of birth, rain and raising the dead.

Let us look very briefly at each of the titles by which the Risen Lord is here called.

  1. His head and his hair were white, as white wool, like snow. This, taken from the description of the Ancient of Days in Daniel 7:9, is symbolic of two things. (a) It stands for great age; and it speaks to us of the eternal existence of Jesus Christ. (b) It speaks to us of divine purity. The snow and the white wool are the emblems of stainless purity. “Though your sins are like scarlet,” said Isaiah, “they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool” (Isaiah 1:18). Here we have the symbols of the pre-existence and the sinlessness of Christ.
  2. His eyes were as a flame of fire. Daniel is always in John’s mind, and this is part of the description of the divine figure who brought the vision to Daniel. “His eyes like flaming torches” (Daniel 10:6). When we read the gospel story, we get the impression that he who had once seen the eyes of Jesus could never forget them. Again and again we have the vivid picture of his eyes sweeping round a circle of people (Mark 3:34; 10:23; 11:11); sometimes his eyes flashed in anger (Mark 3:5); sometimes they fastened on someone in love (Mark 10:21); and sometimes they had in them all the sorrow of one whose friends had wounded him to the quick (Luke 22:61).
  3. His feet were like beaten brass, as if it had been refined by fire in a furnace. The word translated beaten brass is chalkolibanos. No one really knows what the metal is. In Daniel it is said of the divine messenger that “his feet were like the gleam of burnished bronze” (Daniel 10:6); in Ezekiel it is said of the angelic beings that “their feet sparkled like burnished bronze” (Ezekiel 1:7). It may be that we are to see two things in the picture. The brass stands for strength, for the steadfastness of God; and the shining rays stand for speed, for the swiftness of the feet of God to help his own or to punish sin.
  4. His voice was as the sound of many waters. This is the description of the voice of God in Ezekiel 43:2. H. B. Swete goes on to say that the voice of God is not confined to one note. Here it is like the thunder of the sea, but it can also be like a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12), or, as the Greek version of the Old Testament has it, like a gentle breeze. It can thunder a rebuke; and it can croon with the soothing comfort of a mother over her hurt child.
  5. He had seven stars in his right hand. Here again, we have something which was the prerogative of God alone. But there is also something lovely. When the seer fell in awed terror before the vision of the Risen Christ, the Christ stretched out his right hand and placed it on him and bade him not to be afraid. The hand of Christ is strong enough to uphold the heavens and gentle enough to wipe away our tears.
  6. There was coming forth from his mouth a sharp, two-edged sword. The sword referred to was not long and narrow like a fencer’s blade; it was a short, tongue-shaped sword for close fighting. Again the seer has gone here and there in the Old Testament for his picture. Isaiah says of God: “He shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth” (Isaiah 11:4); and of himself: “He made my mouth like a sharp sword” (Isaiah 49:2). The symbolism tells us of the penetrating quality of the word of God. If we listen to it, no shield of self-deception can withstand it; it strips away our self-deludings, lays bare our sin and leads to pardon. “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). “The Lord will slay the wicked with the breath of his mouth” (2 Thessalonians 2:8).
  7. His face was as the sun shinning in its strength. In Judges there is a great picture which may well have been in John’s mind. The enemies of God shall perish, “but thy friends be like the sun as he rises in his might” (Judges 5:31). If that is true of them that love God, how much truer it must be of God’s beloved Son. Swete sees something even lovelier here, nothing less than a memory of the Transfiguration. On that occasion Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James and John, “and his face shone like the sun” (Matthew 17:2). No one who had seen that sight could ever forget the glow and if the writer of this book is that same John perhaps he saw again on the face of the Risen Christ the glory he had glimpsed on the Mount of Transfiguration.
  8. When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. This was the experience of Ezekiel when God spoke to him (Ezekiel 1:28; 3:23; 43:3). But surely we can find again a memory of the Gospel story. On that day in Galilee when there was the great catch of fish and Peter glimpsed who Jesus was, he fell down at his knees, conscious only that he was a sinful man (Luke 5:1–11). To the end of the day there can be nothing but reverence in the presence of the holiness and the glory of the Risen Christ.
  9. Stop being afraid. Surely here, too, we have reminiscence of the Gospel story, for these were words which the disciples had heard more than once from the lips of Jesus. It was thus he spoke to them when he came to them across the water (Matthew 14:27; Mark 6:50); and it was thus above all that he spoke to them on the Mount of Transfiguration, when they were terrified at the sound of the divine voice (Matthew 17:7). Even in heaven, when we come near the unapproachable glory, Jesus is saying: “I am here; do not be afraid.”
  10. I am the first and the last. In the Old Testament this is nothing other than the self-description of God (Isaiah 44:6; 48:12). It is the promise of Jesus that he is there at the beginning and the end. He is there in the moment of birth and at the time of death. He is there when we set out upon the Christian way and when we finish our course.
  11. I am the living one, although I was dead and I am alive for ever and for ever. Here is at once the claim and the promise of Christ, the claim of one who conquered death and the promise of one who is alive for evermore to be with his people.
  12. I have the keys of death and Hales. Death has its gates (Psalm 9:13; 107:18; Isaiah 38:10); and Christ has the keys of these gates. There were those who took this claim—and some still do—as a reference to the descent into hell (1 Peter 3:18–20). There was a conception in the ancient Church that when Jesus descended into Hades, he unlocked the doors and brought out Abraham and all God’s faithful people who had lived and died in the generations before. But we may take it in an even wider sense; for we who are Christians believe that Jesus Christ has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Timothy 1:10), that because he lives we shall live also (John 14:19), and that, therefore, for us and for those whom we love the bitterness of death is for ever past.[1]

 

 

There is a very special visitor in your church on Sunday. Do you know who it is? The Greatest Visitor of all time attends your church—The Lord Jesus Christ. Someone told me that Billy Graham goes to their church. I told them that Jesus goes to ours. Jesus attends His church. The purpose of our gathering is to meet the Risen Christ.

 

the resurrection record is clear

 

John 20 records the Resurrection event—it is the record what Christianity is built upon. We are going to go from the empty tomb to the Risen Christ then we will worship Him. John and the apostles were startled and ran to confirm the report of the women that the tomb was empty. Remember the events?

John 20:1:

1 Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.”

 

This begins the first of ten successive post resurrection appearances of Christ. Historically no one has ever disputed that the tomb was empty until the 1960’s. Even the Moslems believe; part of the Koran says that Jesus was able to raise people from the dead, He was virgin born and He arose from the dead. Is not that amazing? I don’t think very many Moslems know that.

 

APPEARANCES OF THE RISEN CHRIST

  1. Mary Magdalene- the first person to see the Risen Christ Mark 16:9-11

9 Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. 10She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. 11And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. (NKJV)

 

John 20:10-18

10Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.
11 But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”
14Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”
16Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).
17Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, “I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.”‘
18Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord,[2] and that He had spoken these things to her. (NKJV)

  1. The other women at the tomb Matthew 28:8-10
  2. Peter in Jerusalem Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:5
  3. The two travelers on the road to Emmaus Mark 16:12, 13
  4. Ten disciples (Thomas was not there) behind closed doors. They were afraid and locked themselves in but in John 20:l9, Jesus walked through stone and wood. “19Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” There is humor in the Bible and I think this is hilarious. They are already afraid then Jesus walks through the wall and the door and probably scared them almost to the death. This was a new way to get their attention concerning who He was. Also see Mark 16:14; Luke 24:36-43;
  5. All the disciples, with Thomas (excluding Judas Iscariot). John 20:26-31– 26And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Jesus again walks through the walls. This shows us what our resurrection bodies will be like. The disciples could touch Him and He could eat and talk. “27Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. (He pulled aside His robe and Thomas could see the gaping wound from the Roman spear that pierced His heart.) Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” This is the greatest confession of Christendom- from an eyewitness of the Resurrection.

1Corinthians 15:5

  1. Seven disciples while fishing John 21:1-14  “1 After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias (Galilee), and in this way He showed Himself…” This was when Jesus restored Peter.
  2. The Commissioning of the eleven disciples on the mountain Matthew 28:16-20
  3. A crowd of 500—I think that He prompted all these people to come together and met with them so that every true believer saw the risen Christ. It is amazing that in three and one half years of ministry Christ have only led 500 people to believe in Him. He personally met with all of them and they are the witnesses that spread the Gospel through out the world.

I Corinthians 15:6-7 Jesus met with His brother James who never believed in Him until after He rose. “7After that He was seen by James” James was so moved by what he saw and believed.

  1. Jesus’ brother James 1Corinthians 15:7
  2. Those who watched Jesus ascend into heaven Luke 24:44-49; Acts 1:3-9 This last group saw Him ascend up from the Mount of Olives into Heaven.  9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.”

 

Jesus went through this amazing 40 days with his disciples and promised them that the Holy Spirit would come on the 50th day then He was gone except for when He appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus a few years later.

 

Now we will look at His last resurrection appearance. We are going to meet the resurrected Christ as He looks. In all the Scriptures we just saw, we do not get a good look at Jesus. But John sees Him again after 60 years have passed. Many memories of Christ’s ministry were vivid in John’s heart but he hadn’t seen Him for so long. And then it happened –

 

john sees Jesus again

This time he really looks at him and focuses his eyes upon Him and in a first person reporting style attests to the reality of the Risen Christ and in Revelation 1:9-20 he writes down exactly what He looks like. Let us use this as a basis to worship and adore the risen Christ.

 

”9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus (our world has a great need for patience and we need to lead the way), was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus.

If we were exiled, would there be people who have heard our testimony and know that we are Christians? He was exiled because he did share his testimony all the time. Look at verse 12:

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send [it] to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” 12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lamp stands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lamp stands [One] like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.

 

John saw the Risen Christ again.

14 His head and hair [were] white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet [were] like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance [was] like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 “I [am] He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” (NKJV)

 

This is only the beginning of an amazing journey John takes. As he records what he saw:

 

“I saw”  39 times 1:12-22:8 , like watching slides that are describing what he saw
“I looked” 11 times (4:1; 5:11; 6:2,5,8,12; 7:9; 8:13; 14:1; 14:14; 15:5)
“I heard”  21 times  (1:10; 5:11-13; 6:1,3,5,6; 7:4; 8:13; 9:16; 10:4,8; 12:10; 4:2, 13; 16:1,5,7; 18:4; 19:1,6)

 

John is overwhelmed—as God takes him on a journey into the world of the Risen Christ. Seventy-one times John is an eyewitness to the Risen Christ and His dealings with this world.

 

John sees Jesus

all the way through this book

 

If you want your heart warmed up read this book and look for Jesus. The theme of this Book captures what each of our hearts in which Christ dwells longs for most, to see Jesus, and to see Him in all His beauty.  The first 3 words of this Book give us its purpose: Revelation of Jesus – unveiling, revealing, disclosing of Jesus. Thus in no other place on Earth can you see more of Jesus than in this final Book of the Book of Books. Have you seen Him in all His beauty?

  • 1:18 = He is the LIVING One holding the keys to death and Hell Revelation 1:18 “I [am] He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” (NKJV)
  • 3: 18 = He IS THE LORD OF THE CHURCH Revelation 3:18 “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, [that] the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. (NKJV) Jesus is saying that He is the Lord of the Church and we can obtain grace, power, fruitfulness, patience, peace and love from Him.
  • 5:5 = He is the LION OVER THE NATIONS as He restores His Kingdom. He came as the lamb- he was meek and mild. Revelation 5:5 “”But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”” (NKJV) Jesus is the Lion. This is why we should not get perturbed when things get out of place. Jesus will right all wrongs. Don’t get vengeance, it belongs to God.
  • 21-22= He is LAMB AMONG THE REDEEMED as He invites His own to join Him forever Revelation 21:14, 22-23, “Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” (Jesus is the Lamb among the redeemed—He came to be with us and to rescue us.) Can you believe that Jesus wants us to be with Him?

 

I have been in some of the most remote corners of the world and have had guides take me places. Whether it was inside old tombs or in caves or on top of mountains I was always thankful for the guides. They steer us away from danger and to the things that delight us. I have always gotten attached to my guide then at the end of the trip, I pay them and they are gone. Our Guide all the way through life is taking us home with Him. The Lamb is dwelling with the redeemed. This is His house.

 

Verse 22, “But I saw no Temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its Temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the Glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb [is] its light.” (NKJV) The whole desire of God (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) is to be with us for all eternity. God will not be somewhere else in the universe doing something new.

 

First –

John sees Jesus Revealing His Eternal

Character as the risen Christ 

v. 10b-11

 

Revelation 1:10-11 “9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” (NKJV)  There were more than seven churches in Asia— The Apostle Paul planted many. It is interesting that Paul wrote to only seven churches. God has a purpose in the number seven; it means completion, totality—this message is going to ALL the churches. Jesus Christ through John wrote to seven. They did not write to many of the churches that we would have thought of. We would have written  to the churches at Jerusalem- the first church and Antioch- the missionary church. Ephesus probably would have been on our list but the others? Who has heard of Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea?

 

Sometimes, those who study the Bible regularly keep it very academic and may not imagine things. Revelation is a book of imagination. God does not want us to worship icons and images and does not want us practicing visualization techniques. He wants us to see the Risen Christ.

 

In these verses, let’s be blessed with some beloved truths: v. 10b-11 JESUS IS THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY “I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” Christ hold all authority. Earthly rulers and military forces can do nothing with out God allowing it. Think about Jesus as He speaks:

  • He spoke to the dead and they rose to life. No one else has that power other than Christ and those to whom he gave it.
  • He spoke to the raging waves and they fell to silence. Satan tried to kill Christ all the way through His ministry. One instance was in Matt. 8:23-27 Jesus was asleep in the boat on the Sea of Galilee. Satan’s demons stirred up a storm and tried to drown Him but Jesus got up and rebuked the storm.
  • He spoke to bread and fish and they multiplied to feed thousands.
  • He spoke to a fig tree and it withered away to nothing.
  • He spoke to lowly sinners and they found new beginnings.
  • He spoke to haughty hypocrites and they hardened their hearts to the end.
  • He spoke as never man spoke–to death and disease, to seekers and finders, to skeptics and scoffers.
  • He spoke the Universe into motion.
  • He shall speak the closing word on mankind.

 

Be aware as never before, when Jesus speaks, it is with authority and, in this Book…He speaks to you! Do you listen?  Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27) You know if you are a born again Christian if you have heard the voice of Jesus if He is your shepherd and if you are following Him. Salvation gets really complicated in some people’s minds. God gave so many pictures of salvation. One of the most gripping that Jesus used—when the Israelites were rebellious, immoral and complaining—God sent fiery serpents to kill them. The God of grace and mercy that He is, had Moses make a brazen serpent and put it up on a pole in a high place where everyone could see it. Whoever was bitten by a snake and was dying could look at the serpent on the pole and live. There were people who would not look and they died. Jesus says Look at Me and Live. Salvation is looking at Jesus as the only hope and praying, “Lord Jesus, save me.”

 

The second truth of our incomparable Christ…

john sees JESUS as he  WALKs around here

in HIS CHURCH today!

v. 12-16:

 

Revelation 1:12-16  “Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. (remember he had not seen Christ for 60 years) And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lamp stands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.” (NKJV)

 

You cannot look straight at the sun without damaging your eyes. Jesus has chosen to keep from us what he looked like on earth. He wants us to think of Him not in the way of an idol but in His Divinity.

 

If you could find Him He was able to meet any need and do any thing. But now He is here, He is walking around today. Just what He did back then, He is doing today. Have you met Him?

 

 

Imagine hearing a voice like a trumpet and seeing these NINE perfections of his DIVINITY:

  1. “One like the Son of Man…”– he is the ULTIMATE man. He calls Himself this 84 times; no one else does. He is coming as the One who suffered for us, Hebrews 2:18  “For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.” In Hebrews 4:15. He was tempted like us– “…in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” NKJV He came to seek and save the lost of Adam’s fallen race. He is the Conqueror.

 

 

  1. “…clothed with a garment down to the feet…” THE ULTIMATE PRIEST, Priests wore long robes down to the feet. As priest, Hebrews 7:25 says, “He always lives to make intercession for them.” All other priests came carrying someone else’s sacrifice. This Priest Jesus Christ came with nothing in His hand, He was the perfect sacrifice. Paul said that He “loved me and gave Himself for me”(Galatians 2:20). He was not dealing in second-hand offerings, He was the offering.
  • He is GUIDING our lives 1:16a  “He had in His right hand seven stars…” Do you follow His directions?
  • Do John 8 woman in adultery wording, if you are willing

 

  1. “…girded about the chest with a golden band…”  the ULTIMATE judge: as Judge: Girded around breast was ancient symbol of restrained emotions. A judge would always wear a sash to show that when he was not going to judge with his emotions but on the basis of sound reasoning. Christ is wearing this sash to show that He is the Perfect Judge. He knows the whole situation, He has experienced it, and He knows it omnisciently, from time past. There will be no mistakes, mistrials or hung juries. No one can make decisions perfectly except Him! He was sinless, full of love and wisdom. “His head and hair were white like wool…” He is white haired as THE ANCIENT OF DAYS: In Daniel 7:9 you will find the same description. 9 “I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame…” This is God. Hebrews 1:3 says, “…who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (NKJV) Jesus is the perfect representation of God—God is a spirit, He is invisible. We see God revealed in Jesus Christ; the image of God in the face of Jesus Christ. White hair is a sign of eternal maturity, absolute holiness.
  • He is waiTING  for OUR WORSHIP 1:14a  “His head and hair [were] white like wool, as white as snow…” Do you look for Him in His Word, in your worship, in your world? Jesus says that He is waiting for us to worship Him.
  • Do Rev 20 heaven and earth fled away; I am He fell down

 

  1. “His eyes like a flame of fire…” He is the ULTIMATE truth: With His eyes of fire, HE CAN SEE ALL SECRETS. He can penetrate and scrutinize our lives. Those eyes of fire, can discover and with consuming light reveal secrets, like a laser going in the body to get a cancer. Jesus says I can see your problems, weaknesses, failures, and sins. I am perfect truth and if you will let Me, I will come in and I will fix you and give you a new heart.
  • He is INSPECTING OUR LIVES 1:14b “…and His eyes like a flame of fire…” Do you like what He sees?
  • Do read their minds in gospels disciples and leaders

 

  1. “His feet were like fine brass…” the ULTIMATE defender: Brass speaks of something that can endure, judgment. In the ancient world, brass was the hardest metal they knew– As trampler of foes, those feet of military bronze will crush His enemies, even those who cry, “Lord, Lord…” but He never knew them (Matthew 7:22). With His brazen feet, He is the Perfect Defender, crushing all foes. We don’t need to defend ourselves and get vengeance, God will do it.
  • He is REFINING OUR CHARACTER 1:15a “His feet [were] like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace…” Do you let go of what He is trying to cut and prune away in your life?
  • Do still storms and I am He and all fall down

 

  1. “His voice as the sound of many waters…” He is the ULTIMATE communicator:  He has THE VOICE OF GOD as thunderous as the 12 million cubic feet of water crashing at Niagara’s base, commanding all to pay attention, the deaf and the dead can hear it, and so should we! He speaks through His Word to us. Nothing can muffle His voice. “He had in His right hand seven stars…”  He is THE POSSESSOR OF ALL THE SECRETS of the Universe, holding in His hand the stars, which speak of the messengers and the message of Eternal Life. He is offering it to you—what a treasure! “…out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword…” This is the Word of God that is able to cut to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit. It cuts through and speaks to us in the deepest and innermost parts of our life.
  • He is comforting our HEARTS 1:15b “…and His voice as the sound of many waters…” Do you listen to Him daily?
  • He is PROTECTING HIS PEOPLE 1:16b “…out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword…” Do you trust He is able?
  • Do Lazarus come forth;

 

  1. “His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength…” This is the ULTIMATE supply:  What does He have? All the power of the Lord of Glory, all we need to be made complete! Colossians 2:10 says, “9For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power” (NKJV). He has all the incomprehensible fullness of THE ALL POWERFUL LORD OF GLORY with a blazing countenance as the awesome and most powerful being of all.
  • He is DISPLAYING HIS GLORY 1:16c “…and His countenance [was] like the sun shining in its strength.” Do you show He is Lord of your life?
  • Transfiguration

 

What is Jesus doing here now? He is attending every church that upholds His truth and is called by His name.

 

1.   One like the Son of Man, THE CONQUEROR OF ADAM’S FALLEN RACE,

2.   He is robed to the feet as THE PERFECT PRIEST,

GUARDING HIS CHURCH v. 13  and in the midst of the seven lamp stands [One] like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. Do you know that this church is His?
3.   He is white haired as THE ANCIENT OF DAYS,

 

INVITING OUR WORSHIP v. 14a  His head and hair [were] white like wool, as white as snow,

 

Do you look for Him? Do you look in the Word, in your worship, in your world?
4.   With His eyes of fire, THE SEER OF ALL SECRETS,

 

INSPECTING OUR LIVES v. 14b and His eyes like a flame of fire; Do you like what He sees?
5.   With His brazen feet, THE ULTIMATE JUDGE crushing all foes,

 

REFINING OUR CHARACTER v. 15a  His feet [were] like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace,

 

Do you let go of what He is trying to cut and prune away in your life?
6.   With a voice, THE VOICE OF GOD as thunderous as the 12 million cubic feet of water crashing at Niagara’s base, commanding all to pay attention, the deaf and the dead can hear it, and so should we! ADDRESSING OUR NEEDS v. 15b  and His voice as the sound of many waters;

 

Do you listen to Him daily?
7.   Holding out His hand as THE POSSESSOR OF ALL THE SECRETS of the universe, GUIDING HIS SERVANTS v. 16a  He had in His right hand seven stars, Do you follow His directions?
8.   He has spoken, THE CREATOR OF  ALL THINGS spoken into existence by His word,

 

PROTECTING HIS PEOPLE v. 16b out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword,

 

Do you trust He is able?
9.   And the incomprehensible THE ALL POWERFUL LORD OF GLORY with a blazing countenance. DISPLAYING HIS GLORY v. 16c and His countenance [was] like the sun shining in its strength Do you show He is Lord of your life?

 

 

 

john shows us how we should respond

when we see the risen Christ

  1. 17-18

 

 

Revelation 1:17-18  “And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. This is a common event—when Moses, Daniel and Isaiah realized Whom they were talking to, they fell flat on their faces.

 

When Jesus stilled the storm and the disciples realized Who was in the boat with them, they were scared to death and they bowed before Him and said, “What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” (Matt. 8:27)

 

There is a common denominator in all their responses—an abject humiliation of self, submission, and reverence before the Lord. And what happened when John saw the Risen and Glorified Christ of God ? He became in v. 17 as a “dead man.” As soon as he humbled himself, that familiar hand he had known and loved so well reached out to him. And Jesus touched John. “…But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid…”” Jesus touches us as we worship Him.

 

Would you join me in adoringly worshiping the Risen Christ? As you read the 11 verses of our text, pause between each one and sing over and over the Christmas chorus, “O Come let us adore Him.” As you read these verses, see this picture of Jesus Christ. Use the imagination God gave you to see Him whose face is glowing like the sun, Whose hair is white like wool, Who has the piecing, laser-like eyes. He wants us to adore Him because He is the Perfect Judge, Perfect Priest and Sacrifice, He is the image of God, the Defender of His people, He reveals God to us. Just adore Him for who He is—the Sacrifice.

 

What we will do is follow John’s example and fall on our faces in our heart. With all our eyes closed you may respond to our Risen Lord in any way you deem reverent and worshipful. One man told me if no one would have been offended, he would have slipped to the aisle and knelt before the Lord. Maybe you are less expressive, maybe more. If you wish to lift your hands, kneel, whisper His praise, feel free. We are all standing in His presence.

 

12Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lamp stands, 13and in the midst of the seven lamp stands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.

O come let us adore Him

14His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;

O come let us adore Him

15His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;

O come let us adore Him

16He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.

O come let us adore Him

17And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.

O come let us adore Him

8I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him Christ the Lord.

 

PRAYER: Thank you Lord Jesus for coming to visit us as we worship You this morning. I pray that we would meet the risen Christ, You the Lord of Glory. Help us to realize that we can meet with You every time we open Your Word if we just stop, wait, listen, look and behold You as You are. I pray that we would practice doing more than just academically reading this Book, but that we will sing to You, we will pray to You, we will let our hearts well up and be moved at the wonder of having You look lovingly upon us. Father, help us to see how we can begin a life of worship and focus upon the risen Christ so that Your peace, patience and glory will encircle our lives. I pray that we would make time to adore You. I pray for anyone who has not yet looked at the Savior, may they right now call out to You and accept Your gift of forgiveness and eternal life from You who are the way, the truth and the life. In Your precious name we pray, AMEN.

 

TAPE ENDED HERE.

 

 

[1] Barclay, William, Daily Study Bible Series: The Revelation of John – Volume 1 Chapters 1-5 (Revised Edition), (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press) 2000, c1976.

 
 
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