Revelation 1:13-18 – Be Not Afraid

Revelation 1:13-18
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.
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

-“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27) There will come a day when we stand in the presence of God and will truly see Him for the first time; could even the redeemed face such a meeting without experiencing fear at the divine presence of the Lord? But just as Jesus was so apt to do in scripture, He will make His presence known and allay our fears.  He will reassure us that He is the very One who died so that we may enter in.  He will reassure us that He is the very One who holds the power of Hell and Death.  He will reassure us that He is the One who has been with us all along and who will be with us for all eternity.  With a simple utterance, the Lord can bring light to a dark universe.  (Genesis 1:3)  But what is even more impressive is that with a simple utterance, the Lord can bring us peace and show us that our faith in Him was never misplaced.  “It is I; be not afraid.” (John 6:20)

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