The Risen King

Have you ever tried to envision Jesus in his risen state? Read these words and the description of the vision that John gives us in Revelation 1:12-16“Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lamp stands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.”

There is so much in this text, but I want to focus on the description of our risen Lord. When I read this description of Jesus, clearly he is not the suffering servant but a mighty King of Kings! We see this Savior and Lord as a Great High Priest who fights for his elect now – not just when he returns. Hebrews 4:14-16 tells us, “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” I hope this gives comfort to those who feel overwhelmed by weakness, especially sin.

Jesus is the Lamb that was slain yet He reigns as the Lion of Judah. What a beautiful, yet frightening combination. As the Lamb, he has the perfect and ultimate sacrifice to pay for our sin. We see this in Hebrews 9:28, “so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.”  As the Lion of Judah, He is the conquering King who will slay the enemies of God when He returns. Which one will you see upon his return?