Is Jesus our servant or our King?
“I am he that liveth and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Revelation 1:18
An important part of the Revelation visions is the image of the glorified Christ. The end of Jesus’ incarnation made Him look weak and defeated by the evil forces against Him. The Revelation of Jesus Christ begins by reminding John and all who read it that Jesus loves believers and sacrificed Himself for our sins (Revelation 1:5b). All who are His belong to God’s kingdom. It is important to believers to know He is alive, and He is worshiped in power and glory with all authority. We have not seen the last of Jesus Christ. He is coming again, and it will be entirely different. Instead of a manger, He will come in the clouds and every eye shall see Him, and every knee will bow before Him. It is He who is in control, and He will be proven victorious in God’s time.
This present age is considered hopelessly corrupt, beyond human mending, spinning toward destruction. Only divine intervention can set things right. The glorified Christ is the One who is able and has the authority to bring judgment and righteousness. He is not in the distance, detached from His people, but is found in the midst of His churches. He is no longer revealed in humility and poverty but is shown in the full imagery of His rightful place. He is dressed in the robes of the High priest and royalty. His description comes from the Old Testament descriptions of God and deity. “His head and hairs were white like wool” (Daniel 7:9). “His eyes were as a flame of fire.” (Daniel 10:6). “His feet were like fine brass.” (Daniel 10:6, Ezekiel 1:7). “His voice as the sound of many waters” (Ezekiel 43:2). “His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.” John saw the glory of God in the face of His Lord just as he had seen Him on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:2).
How do we see Jesus? Are we still caught up in grief at His death on the cross? Are we still standing awestruck gazing toward heaven as the disciples did when Jesus was taken up? Or are we expecting to see Him come in like manner as they had seen Him go? Do we see Him in meekness or in majesty? In weakness or in power? Is Jesus our servant or our King? “He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things. Our Marching Orders:" And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Duration: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:…speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ. (Ephesians 4:10-13, 15).
– Dr. Richard, D. Min. Director of Missions
"He is not in the distance, detached from His people, but is found in the midst of His churches."