The Revelation Part 3: The Vision of The Glorified Christ – Revelation 1:9-16
I. THE COMMISSION OF JOHN TO WRITE
a. John’s humble description
b. John’s physical location
Preceded by scourging, marked by perpetual fetters, or chains, scanty clothing, insufficient food, sleep on bare ground, a dark prison cave, work under the lash of a military overseer – Sir William Ramsey
c. John’s spiritual location
Exodus 19:16 (NASB) 16 So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled.
Exodus 19:19 (NASB) 19 When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder.
Exodus 20:18 (NASB) 18 All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance.
II. THE SOURCE OF JOHN’S COMMISSION
a. The commissioner empowers the church
Daniel 7:13-14 (NASB) 13 “I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. 14 “And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed.
Isaiah 9:6 (NASB) 6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Matthew 28:20 (NASB) and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
John 14:18 (NASB) I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
John 14:23 (NASB) 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
Matthew 18:20 (NASB) 20 “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”
b. The commissioner intercedes for the church
Isaiah 53:2 (NASB) 2 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
Hebrews 2:17 (NASB) Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Hebrews 3:1 (NASB) Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession;
Hebrews 7:25 Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
c. The commissioner purifies the church
Daniel 7:9 (NASB) “I kept looking Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow and the hair of His head like pure wool.
Daniel 10:6 (NASB) 6 His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult.
Hebrews 4:13 (NASB) 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
Daniel 2:33 (NASB) 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.
d. The commissioner speaks to the church
Ezekiel 43:2 (NASB) and behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the way of the east. And His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory.
John 5:28-29 (NASB) “Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, 29 and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.
e. The commissioner protects the church
f. The commissioner judges the church
Hebrews 4:12 (NASB) 12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 1:1-2 (NASB) 1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.
g. The commissioner reflects His glory through the church
Judges 5:31 (NASB) 31 “Thus let all Your enemies perish, O Lord; But let those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its might.” And the land was undisturbed for forty years.