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Discover the Book - August 10, 2011

  • 2011 Aug 10
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Christ's Ancient Power and Absolute Purity

As we open to Revelation 1:14 this is the second set of twin descriptions of Christ: His head and hair are white, like wool and snow; and His eyes are like burning flames of fire.

When John turned to see who it was that spoke to him, he turned and so the Ancient of Days Himself, in all His power, in all His holiness, and with those eyes ablaze with an inescapable and penetrating gaze. That is how Jesus Christ the Risen Lord appears at this moment, as we gather before Him. Let that sight get imprinted upon your heart:

Christ’s Flaming Eyes of Penetrating Holiness

In the Old Testament world, and the New Testament era, white signified purity as well as signifying great age. By combining head, hair, snow, and wool we see a picture of Christ's being both the all-powerful Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:9-10) as well as the pure and holy One. The first point John makes as he details Christ's appearance is to emphasize:

The eyes as a flame of fire speak of both power and purity. We see portrayed both the purifying work of fire as well as the unquenchable power of fire. Fires that are allowed to burn hot enough can refine and purifying metals such as silver, gold, brass, and iron.

The same fires can consume, and eat through even to the weakening of metal and crumbling of rock. When fires powerful flames are combined with the idea of Christ's eyes, it speaks of an unstoppable, all-powerful, purifying gaze.

Remember this is the second set of twin descriptions of Christ. Our loving, merciful God first reminded us in v. 13 that He is supremely the Compassionate Priest: “One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.”

Jesus is always first the One we can come to, cry out to, and share our struggles with.

Hold on in your hearts to this great truth: Jesus does not condemn, rather He showers us with compassion and intercession. Always remember:

Christ’s Arms of Compassion and Love

So God first wants us as His servants who struggle through life to see: Jesus is a Compassionate Priest who ever lives to pray, encourage, help, and encourage us in our walk through life for Him.

Today we are God’s servants, and He wants us to understand this second facet of Christ's character that will focus and change us as we meditate upon Him.

Let’s turn to Revelation 1.14-17, notice what John saw about Jesus.

Revelation 1:14-17His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.” 

The sight of Jesus looking at us with those power-filled, fiery eyes is not immediately a comforting sight.

But it is a truth we need to understand and respond to. As the Psalmist says about Christ's coming: mercy and truth have met in Jesus (Psalm 85:10).

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