John, the recorder of the book of Revelation, or as Jesus called him, the “beloved disciple.” John was an eyewitness to several of Jesus’ miracles, His death, and His ascension. John was even appointed by Jesus to take care of His mother, Mary. But in Revelation 1:9, John introduces himself not as “Disciple of the Year,” not as the favorite one, or even the last living disciple, but as brother and companion in suffering.
John was exiled to the island of Patmos when he says he was “in the Spirit,” which is referring to being conscious of the presence of the Holy Spirit, when he hears a loud voice behind him. It was Jesus Christ speaking. As far as we know, the apostle had not heard his Lord’s voice since Christ had returned to heaven more than sixty years before.
John tells us when he sees Jesus; “he falls at His feet as though dead.” The awe overwhelmed him. But was it because John was paralyzed with fear or with overwhelming love? Which posture is appropriate for a follower’s relationship with Jesus? The very next word John hears from Jesus is, “Do not be afraid.” At this point in the Bible, this phrase has appeared 365 times, one for each day. And this conclusion in Revelation should dispel our fears. We need not fear life, death, or eternity.
Isaiah (6:1) tells us he saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted (lifted-up). Is this what is lacking from our devotion time, or our worship time at church? Do we see the Lord in His glory, and are we in awe of Him so much that we fall at his feet?
My prayer for us is to remember and grasp what Jesus has done for us. I pray for our hearts to remain in a position to acknowledge His glory and “the awe of Jesus” will be our filter for everything we think, say, and do.
Father God, you are the beginning and the end, the Alpha and Omega. You know our hearts, our afflictions. Thank you for going before us and the hope we have in You. Lord, let praise be on our lips and amazement of You remain at the forefront of our minds. In Jesus name, Amen.