Greg Laurie Daily Devotion - Oct. 20, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The Return of the King
For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. —Matthew 24:27
I find it interesting that not one apostle ever took the time to write a couple of lines about the appearance of Jesus when He walked this earth. Could someone have told us what He looked like? Scripture doesn’t record this for us. But in Revelation 19, we find a description of Him at the Second Coming.
Three things stand out about his description: His eyes, His head, and His robe.
Verse 12 tells us that “His eyes were like a flame of fire.” It has been said that the eyes are the window of the soul. When you look a person in the eye, you get a sense of them. Christ has eyes like a flame of fire as He returns again. Hebrews 4:13 tells us, “There is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
Then there is His head, on which He wears “many crowns” (verse 12). He wears many crowns because He rules over many kingdoms. He is Lord of all. He is sovereign, all-powerful, and all-knowing.
Last, verse 13 tells us, “He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood. . . .” This phrase also could be translated “spattered in blood.” Upon his first arrival on earth, He was wrapped in swaddling clothes, or rags. At His second coming, He will be clothed royally in a robe dipped in blood. The first time Jesus came to earth, He came to die and shed His blood. The second time, He will come to judge. In His first coming, He was the Lamb of God to die for the sins of the world. At His second coming, He will be the ferocious Lion of the Tribe of Judah, bringing judgment.
Summary sentence: There is no biblical description of Jesus when He first came to earth. But there is a physical description of Him at His second coming.
Tags: Second Coming
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