What Is Jesus Doing Today?
I, John, on the island called Patmos was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands: One like the Son of Man; clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and; His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and; His voice as the sound of many waters; 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.
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. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. Write the things which you have seen, which are, and which will take place after this. The mystery of the seven stars and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.”
—Revelation 1:9-20, emphasis added
In this week’s devotionals, I invite you to see Jesus anew with me—as John did that Lord’s Day when he came face-to-face with the risen and glorified Christ! We, too, can be comforted by knowing that Jesus identified himself as “I am He who lives, and was dead, and am alive forevermore” (Revelation 1:18a).
Think about it: Jesus is alive! And since He is alive, He is doing the same things now as He did when He was with the disciples physically, for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Oh, how John needed that reminder!
To best understand what Jesus is doing now, let us look at the only eyewitness account that describes the ascended and glorified Christ of heaven. Over sixty years after Resurrection Sunday, a meeting took place. From God’s flawless record of that Lord’s Day meeting, we can derive seven perfect descriptions of what Jesus looks like. From those seven descriptions we discover exactly what He was doing then as well as now. Notice that each of these seven glorified descriptions matches a ministry of Christ’s while He was on earth:
- “like the Son of Man” (v. 13a): This describes Christ’s humanity—so He can truly have compassion upon us.
- “garment down to the feet, girded…with a golden band, hair white as wool and snow” (vv. 13b-14b): This describes Christ’s priesthood—so He can truly forgive us.
- “eyes like a flame of fire” (v. 14c): This describes Christ’s omniscience—so He can truly see us where we are.
- “feet like fine brass” (v. 15a): This describes Christ’s omnipotence—so He can truly protect us.
- “voice as the sound of many waters” (v. 15b): This describes Christ’s omnipresence—so He can truly encourage us.
- “countenance like the sun shining in its strength” (vv. 16b): This describes Christ’s majesty—so He can truly be worshiped by us.
- “hand on me” (vv. 17b-20): This describes Christ’s touch—so He can truly help us.
What did Jesus do on earth? As we see Christ’s risen and glorified humanity, it is a reminder of what He did on earth (Revelation 1:13a)—“the Son of Man” had compassion for us weak and wandering humans!
Anyone felt they could come to Him because He was approachable: the woman with the blood disorder; the leper; the father with the dying daughter; the centurion with the sick servant; the two blind men sitting by the road; the great multitude who were like sheep without a shepherd; and many, many more. Of the twelve times “compassion” is used in the New Testament, it always speaks of Jesus.
What is Jesus doing now? He is having compassion upon us in all our needs! For in His humanity, He experienced what it is like to be us (but without sin): In that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted (Hebrews 2:18).
This same Son of Man who stood “in the midst of the seven lampstands”—which speak of His church—visits us today. When we gather together in His name, He checks our hearts to see if we come to worship Him with our “first love,” or if we have a spiritually cold heart. When we come into His house with clean hearts and prepared to seek Him, this God of all comfort reaches out to encourage His needy children so that we can also comfort others who are in trouble (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
Are you weak? Jesus understands. Are you afraid? Jesus is acquainted with all that you face. Are you alone? Jesus experienced the long loneliness of the
I could go on and on with examples of the risen and glorified Christ’s compassion! But my point is this: Jesus knows how to identify with your humanity, and He wants you to experience the power of His victory—if you will just invite Jesus to be at work in you!
My Prayer for You This Week: Father in heaven, I pray that this beautiful, glorious picture that John saw of You, oh Christ, would be burned into our hearts and that we would choose to meet with You, the risen Christ, every day, all through each day, until You come or call for us. I pray that Your Spirit will draw and move and work in our hearts today. May those who don’t know You humbly say, “God be merciful to me, a sinner. Cleanse me! I turn in faith from my sins to you, oh Christ!” For those who do know You, may we realize that You are compassionate, honest, and come to us in our time of need. May this be a wonderfully encouraging study as we meet the risen Christ this week. We love You and worship You! In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
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