The Book of Revelation is regarded by most people as the most difficult to understand book in the Bible, and to be sure, there are many passages within its pages that we can only guess at their meaning. But there is much we can learn, and as a matter of fact, chapter 1, verse 3 promises blessings to those who study it.
The author is the apostle John, who was imprisoned on the island of Patmos, just off the coast of Greece.
John is either shown a vision of Heaven, or he is taken there. We can’t really tell from his description.
And when he is there, a voice tells him to write down what he sees. When he turns to see who was speaking to him, he sees someone who looked like a son of man. He didn’t know who it was, and no wonder. John says, “He was dressed in a long robe with a gold strip of cloth around his chest. 14The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow. His eyes were like a blazing fire. 15His feet were like bronze metal glowing in a furnace. His voice sounded like rushing waters. 16He held seven stars in his right hand. Out of his mouth came a sharp sword that had two edges. His face was like the sun shining in all of its brightness.”
What would you do if you saw something like that? Probably what John did. He fainted.
But this awe inspiring person puts his right hand on John and said, “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18I am the Living One. I was dead. But look! I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys to Death and Hell.”
It was Jesus! And he told John not to be afraid. Despite His appearance, despite the fact that He holds the keys to Death and Hell, He tells John not to be afraid.
If we are in Christ Jesus, if we are His, we have no cause for fear. We don’t need to fear what is in the past, we don’t need to fear what is in the present, we don’t need to fear what is in the future. We are His. We are in Him, and He is in us. And greater is He that is in us than he that is the world.
Do not be afraid.
What do you think?