Glory of the Cross 2

“It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit. Suddenly, I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet blast.” In the book of Revelation, Chapter 1 John saw Jesus. John was exiled to the Island of Patmos for teaching and preaching the testimony of Jesus. On this particular day, he saw Jesus in all in His glory.

When was the last time you saw Jesus? Really saw Jesus in his holiness? When was the last time you were desperate to experience more of Jesus? John heard a loud voice behind him, as loud as a trumpet blast. Imagine with me for a few minutes. You’re all alone and all of a sudden you hear a loud voice. Startled, you turn around to see what it is and there standing in front of you, you see! You REALLY see! Revelations 1:12-13 says: “When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands and standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest.” John saw the Son of Man standing in the middle. Do you think he immediately realized it was Jesus?

“His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire.” This wasn’t the way John remembered Jesus. Jesus’ hair was white as snow, His eyes were like blazing fire. Jesus, in all His glory was standing in front of John. John had known Jesus, he had walked with Jesus, he loved Jesus. But, even for John this was more than he expected. John was overwhelmed with the vision.

“His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And His face was like the sun in all its brilliance.” Jesus shone with brilliance and even His feet were glowing, they were no longer the feet of someone who had nails driven through them. No longer the feet which had previously been dripping with redeeming blood, but now the feet of one whom had been refined in the furnace by the amazing touch of the Almighty God! The voice of Christ was blasting like a trumpet sounding and revealed that of thunder with the sound of the mighty ocean waves. Oh, what an experience that John was seeing. He didn’t miss it. The Son of Man in all His brilliance was holding in His right hand seven stars. The brightly lit stars were now being held by the God that created them. Out of His mouth was a sharp two-edged sword.

We call on The Lord when we need Him. We talk to Him when we need something or want someone healed or a bill paid. But, when was the last time you stood in awe of His majesty or bowed at His feet and saw Him in all of His glory? O Lord, forgive us for our complacency, forgive us for our pride. I am desperate for your amazing glory Lord.

“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.” John fell at the feet of the glory of God. He fell as if he were dead. He saw the glorious holiness of the Alpha and the Omega, the Almighty! John was in awe of the One who gave up His life on the old rugged cross and was now shining brightly before him. He fell in surrender to the Son of Man! He was humbled to the point of being lifeless. He met with Jesus, the Jesus who is now the King of Glory! Can you imagine the beauty? Can you imagine the experience John was given? Because of the faithfulness of John in sharing the testimony of Christ, God gave him more, more of His glory.

As I read this, I, like so many others fall so short in not really seeing the holiness of our Lord. We are so busy with just day to day living that we don’t experience all God has for us. I felt the glory of the presence of God today. I envisioned along with John seeing the Son of Man. I broke down in tears and begged God to forgive me and to show me more of who He is. I am desperate for more. Jesus told John in verse 17 and 18, “do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!’ Jesus is just waiting for more of us to seek His glory, to seek Him. He wants to show us far more than we can ever imagine. He will lay His right hand on us like He did John and He doesn’t want us to be afraid. He wants us to fall at His feet and live our life different from the rest of the World. We will never see Him until we put aside our own prideful and selfish ways and spend time in His Word and at His feet. He has plans for you and for me, He wants us to fall at His feet in surrender and repentance. I want to see Jesus!! Just give me Jesus!!

Ask God today to show you His glory! Ask Him to forgive you and help you to turn from your ways and turn toward His ways. He wants you to see His glory, His beauty, His majesty. He is waiting on you.

Verses taken Rev 1: 10-18, NLT, NIV

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About Brenda McGraw

Brenda McGraw is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where a team of writers share hope and truth with others. She has a God-given dream to reach the masses with the gospel of Christ. Brenda is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller,“Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She has two new books released. Finished, Top Ten Steps to Finish Writing a Book and Living Uncluttered, An Abundant Life Bible Study. Brenda lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and one of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.
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