In Revelation, chapter 1, John saw one like a son of man yet having the qualities of Deity. The appearance of His head and hair were like that of the Ancient of Days, white like snow. (Daniel 7:9) His face was like the sun shining in its strength. Only God “dwells in unapproachable light.” (1Timothy 6:16) There is only One who could ever fit this description and that is Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.
He is dressed in a high priestly garment. Unlike the Levitical priesthood under the old covenant, He remains a priest forever. (Hebrews 7:17) He does not need to offer up sacrifices continually, because “this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.” (Hebrews 7:27) “For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the one true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us (Hebrews 9:24) …and He “shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.” (Hebrews 9:28)
John describes His eyes “like a flame of fire.” He stands among His church, the seven lampstands. To the church of Thyatira, “The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire…says this, “I know your deeds…” (Revelation 2:18, 19) He is observing and evaluating! The apostle Paul said that like a wise master builder, he laid a foundation and every man should be careful as to how he builds on it. (I Corinthians 3:10) That foundation is Jesus Christ. And one day “…every man’s work will become evident …because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the qualities of each man’s work.” (I Corinthians 3:13) The question we must continually ask ourselves – Are we building on the foundation?!
Out of His mouth comes a two-edged sword. Ultimately it is His word that judges. “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword…able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight…” (Hebrews 4:12) Jesus said, “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke will judge him at the last day.” (John 12:48)
This is an overwhelming picture of the Messiah. So overwhelming and terrifying that John fell at His feet as a dead man. Yet the Lord immediately extends grace and comfort to him, “Do not be afraid.” He extends the grace to us as well. In his commentary on Revelation John Gill wrote, “…It is always safe and comfortable falling there,” at the feet of the Messiah. It is safe there because He “upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down.” (Psalm 145:14) For the one who comes to Him, He will by no means cast out. (John 6:37)