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 know. 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
Most of the depictions that you see of Jesus are either of Him in a manger as a baby, the crucifix where He is still on the cross, or some characterization of Him as a human. In those pictures, Jesus is usually holding little children on His lap, or teaching the crowds. The Jesus that John encountered in his vision is the resurrected Lord. He is not “gentle Jesus, meek and mild” (the title of a hymn by Charles Wesley), a baby, or the crucified one. Oh no, He is the resurrected, ruling and reigning warrior King.
Daniel encountered this same Jesus, which he described In Daniel 7:9-10: “While I was watching, thrones were set up, and the Ancient of Days took His seat. His attire was white like snow; the hair of His head was like lamb’s wool. His throne was ablaze with fire and its wheels were all aflame. A river of fire was streaming forth and proceeding from His presence.” In Daniel 10:5-6, Daniel got another vision of the pre-incarnate Christ: “And I looked up and saw a man clothed in linen; around His waist was a belt made of gold from Ufaz. His body resembled yellow jasper, and His face had an appearance like lightning. His eyes were like blazing torches; His arms and feet had the gleam of polished bronze. His voice thundered forth like the sound of a large crowd. (NET Bible)”
This is the Jesus who is now sitting on the throne, holding the universe together and interceding for us. This is the same Jesus who will return one day in the clouds to take us home, and to then pour out His wrath on those who rejected Him. John got to see this too, recorded in Rev. 19:11-16: “Then I saw Heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The One sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written that no one knows but Himself..From His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and He will rule them with an iron rod…”
I give you these descriptions of Jesus because this is the One that we place our trust in and pray to. Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus is holding the world together, and He holds us together. He is not someone to be taken lightly. Trust Jesus today and worship Him for who He really is!