Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Jesus Revealed In The Revelation #6

Rev. 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

In this verse Jesus is ascribed the name "Son of man." We must remember that Matthew depicts Jesus as King; Mark depicts him as Servant; Luke depicts him as Son of man; and John depicts him as Son of God.

As Son of man, Jesus relates to human beings, he being the Kinsman Redeemer for those who trust him. Study the story of the "near kinsman" in Ruth Chapter three. Jesus, in order to redeem us from our sins, had to be inherently related to us; so he came to us in the likeness of sinful flesh (Rom. 8:3). He did not come to redeem animals or plants to his kingdom; he came to redeem human beings like you and I.

When he left Heaven, he left his glory there. Phil. 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: This he did that he might be our substitute for sins, to take on the curse of the law and become a curse for us. Gal. 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: What a tremendous transaction that Jesus paid upon the cross when he was hanged there in the place of sinful men and women, boys and girls!

Although Jesus was a man, he was much more than a mere man; he was God incarnated in the flesh. John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. He came from Heaven, being in the likeness of God, but he humbled himself, being in the likeness of man; thus, he is the Son of man.

He was clothed with a garment down the foot (or from head to toe, we would say), and he had on a golden girdle. This garment is the righteousness of God. Jesus is completely righteous, not having committed any sin at all. Therefore, we can be made righteousness by the imputation of Christ's righteousness. 2 Cor. 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

His hair was as white as snow, signifying his wisdom from God, since age signifies wisdom and honor (Lev. 19:32; Prov 16:31). Jesus is the all-wise God. 1 Tim. 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. See also Jude 1:25.

His eyes are a flaming fire, meaning that in his eyes dwells judgment for all men. Rom. 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. God is the ultimate Judge of all men, and this is symbolized here in the fiery eyes of Jesus Christ, for Jesus is the Son of the Great Judge, and Jesus himself has a measure of judgment (Psalm 96:13). His feet were like fine brass, which also symbolizes judgment.

Jesus' voice was as the sound of many waters. The waters of the sea represent the peoples of the world. Jesus speaks to all men alike. He does not have one rule for this race or country and another rule for another race of country. Jesus' teachings are the same around the world. He is the Son of man, the Word for every nation. His death has saved men of every tribe and tongue. Thus, his commission is to all the world (Mark 16:15).

In his hands Jesus holds seven stars, and he stands in the middle of seven golden candlesticks (or lampstands). This portrays Jesus as the administrator of his churches. He is the head of each and every local church, and his message goes out to the entire world through the auspices of these local churches; thus, he is the Son of man, his message being from man to man, the message of the Gospel. Jesus is ultimately the Son of God, but he is also the Son of man. If this were not so, we would all still be in our sins. Thanks to a God who has a Mediator (Jesus) to do the reconciling work of God to bring us to God through faith in this Son of man, for he is also the Son of God, yea, God himself.

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