What Happens When You Encounter Jesus – Revelation 1, by Ty Tamasaka

What Happens When You Encounter Jesus

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“17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

Revelation 1:17-18 NIV

Have you ever wondered what you would say when you meet Jesus?  Are there burning questions you would ask Him?  Are there wonders of this world that you would want explained?  Are there circumstances in your life that you would want explained?  What would you say?  Would you be silent?  Would you hang your head in shame and embarrassment?

In today’s passage, we see how John responds when he sees Jesus.  This is the same John who many years earlier identified himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved.  This is the same John who reclined at the table with Jesus and followed Jesus to the cross.  How would he respond when he sees Jesus?         

When John sees Jesus, he fells at Jesus’ feet “as though dead!  This shows that a vision of Jesus Christ as He truly is produced a sense of awe and fear.  In Revelation, Jesus was no longer the suffering servant and gentle Jewish carpenter with outstretched arms.  He was revealed as the exalted Son of God who is the High Priest, Prophet, and King with the authority to judge all men.

So many believers today speak and act with familiarity toward Jesus Christ.  When we approach Jesus, we need to be more like John with an attitude of respect, awe, and reverence.  There is a dangerous absence of awe and worship in our churches today.  We stand on our feet, we boast, jump in praise, raise our hands, and rejoice.  I wonder if there are times when we ought to be on bended knees, falling on our faces at His feet in awe and reverence of Jesus, the King of Kings.

The Lord reassured John by touching him and speaking to him.  “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”  We need not fear because Jesus is the beginning and the end.  We need not fear death or suffering because Jesus is the Living One who holds the keys of death and Hades.  He has all power and authority.

Lord Jesus forgive me for the times I lack awe and reverence in Your presence. You are the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and I surrender to You.  In the matchless name of Jesus Christ, amen.   

Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry  He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book Starting Fresh: Following Jesus on the Adventure of a Lifetime in addition to More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.    

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