TUESDAY, JULY 17
Scripture: Revelation 19:11-15
What does Jesus really look like? The answer to that depends on where in Scripture we read. If we read the gospels, in most passages He looks like a Suffering Servant. If we read Revelation, He looks like the Judge and soon coming King! For several generations Jesus has been largely defined and presented from the gospels as the Suffering Savior so we have multiple generations that cannot recognize or relate to the Jesus of Revelation. What does Jesus really look like? In Revelation 19:11-15 we are told what He looks like at the end of the age. And this is not the Jesus preached from most pulpits today. If the church is solely getting the Jesus of the gospels, we are not ready for the coming zeal of Revelation. The Jesus we meet in Revelation fits a lot more of where the world is presently. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus prepared the disciples to minister to the lost sheep of Israel for 3 years. That period changed with Jesus’ death. We now face the Second Coming and the King and Judge will express Himself! What does Jesus look like today? The King and Judge is equipped to face Sodom and Gomorrah! Revelation 19:11-15 says, “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called the Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” Zeal today will likely express wrath in order to save! Are we ready for that? This expression of Jesus may look like what Elisha prayed in 2 Kings 6:18, “‘Strike this people I pray with blindness.’ And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.” How do we prepare for a season like this? With our heart, we maintain holiness in our relationship with the Lord. Then we are ready for whatever zeal comes! Then we will be ready to walk in the zeal that God may very well bring through us.