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.
- We need to see Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Omnipresencev 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.”
- We need to see Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Majestyv. 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.
- We need to see Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Touchv. 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.
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.
- See Christ’s Risen and Glorified:Humanityv. 13a “like a Son of Man.” So He can truly have compassion upon us. He is like us.
- 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.
- See Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Omniscience v. 14c “eyes like a flame of fire.” So He can truly see us where we are.
- 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.
- See Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Omnipresence v. 15b “voice like the sound of many waters.” So He can truly encourage us.
- 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.
- Christ’s Risen and Glorified: Touch v. 16a; 17b-20 “hand upon me.” So He can truly help us.