And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
~ Revelation 1:10-18
I grew up in a hundred-year-old farmhouse that had been added on to several times. Each room was connected, so that to get from my room to the front of the house, I had to walk through my parents’ bedroom. This could be an adventure at night, as it is not wise to startle a man out of dead sleep. These confrontations would start with a startled father springing from bed to tackle an intruder, and usually end by me saying, “It’s okay. It’s only me!”
In Revelation 1, we see a more glorious revealing! John, hearing a voice, turns around to the terrifying scene detailed above. (read the above scripture and try to picture the scene) It is when John falls down “as dead” that Jesus reveals Himself. Christ essentially says, “It’s okay. It’s only me.” John had a personal relationship with Jesus. He would have remembered when Jesus was on earth. Perhaps from John’s perspective, Jesus was saying, “It’s okay, it’s the One that calmed that raging sea, the One that fed all those people in your presence. It’s the One that cooked fish on the seashore and invited you to eat. It’s the One on whose breast you laid your head, the One who said I’d be with you forever. I am the One who was punished for your sins. I am the One who sent the Holy Spirit to comfort you after my departure, the One who promised that after I prepare your place, I will come again.”
Often, we are frightened by circumstances or trials. It is in these moments that we need to be still and quiet. We need to lean on our relationship with Jesus for who we know Him to be. Life is sometimes scary, but, like John, we can see Jesus for who He really is. It may be that Jesus is speaking to us. So today, no matter how frightening it may be, rest in Jesus…and listen. He may be saying, “It’s only Me.”
Question: What is the significance of Jesus laying his right hand on John?