What Does Revelation 1:13 Mean?

and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash.

Revelation 1:13(NASB)
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Verse Thoughts

It was John, the beloved disciple, who loved his Lord with a deep passion and who had walked with Jesus from the start of His three year ministry that was given this unique glimpse of the risen, ascended and glorified Son of Man. John had been one who had walked with Him by the way, listened to His teachings, seen the signs and miracles Jesus had performed; witnessed His tender-mercy and loving compassion; been empowered to carry out mighty signs and great wonders in His holy name.

John had even glimpsed the magnificent vision of the glorious transfiguration of God's dearly beloved Son - and it was John who turned, and saw ONE, like unto the Son of Man, standing in the middle of seven candlesticks, clothed with a garment down to His feet and girt about the breasts with a golden girdle.

No wonder the appearance of his risen, ascended, glorified Lord caused John to fall at His feet as if dead. This was a vision of the eternal, transcendent, almighty God, Who stood before him surrounded by seven candlesticks, which represented the Christian Church. And before this elderly apostle of love stood the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last - the Beginning and the End - the King of kings and Lord of lords. And yet this was none other than Jesus of Nazareth Who in His earthly walk was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.

This was the incarnate Son of God Who had laid aside His heavenly glory so that He could be born into the race that He Himself had created, in order that you and I could become a chosen people; a royal priesthood; a holy nation and children of God - accepted in the Beloved.

The unknowable God made Himself known to us through the Lord Jesus Christ: the eternal Son of God and perfect Son of Man. Though he is now seated at the right hand of the Father, His appearance to John reminds us that He is ever present with His children - standing in the midst of His people, holding each of us in the palm of His hand, our shield and defender, the ancient of days, pavilioned in splendour and girded with praise.

Jesus came to earth as the suffering Servant of God so that He could save His people from their sins by means of His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection and Jesus is returning to set up His kingdom as King of kings and Lord of lords. But the most precious name for our Saviour is JESUS - SON of MAN.

And Jesus is soon returning to earth as the Son of Man, to take us to be with Himself. Let us worship Him in the beauty of holiness and sing forth His praises in time and through eternity.

My Prayer

Loving Father, thank You for sending the Lord Jesus to be Son of Man so that I can become a child of God. Thank You Father that He became flesh and took the punishment that I deserve upon Himself for which I praise Your glorious name. Thank You that He is returning soon to take me to be with Himself – glory be to the Father and the Son and to the Holy Spirit, in His name I pray, AMEN.

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