JOHN SAW THE FACE OF JESUS: Revelation 1:16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance [was] like the sun shining in its strength. (NKJV)
On the 4th day of creation recorded in Genesis 1, the Word of God states that our creator spoke and the sun and moon appeared from nothing. One of the most amazing verses in the Bible is v. 16 the last 5 words, “He made the stars also”.
There are 100 billion stars just in our Milky Way Galaxy. Among those many stars, our Sun is an average ‘yellow’ star. It is in the middle as far as size, temperature, and brightness. Just to give you a bit of perspective on some neighbors. In the Orion constellation, there are two stars of note. RIGEL is 15,000 times brighter than our Sun, and thus hotter and so on. ANTARES is 36 million times bigger!
At the center, or core of our Sun things are incredibly hot. The atoms stripped of there outer electrons are so densely packed it is absolutely dark and intensely hot. In fact, it is 16 million degrees centigrade. How hot is that? Well, a piece of the Sun the size of a pinhead that was in Oklahoma City — would kill you here in your seat this morning because of the heat radiating from it! The energy radiated from the Sun in one second is more than all the energy used on the Earth since creation!
But, with that in mind look again at Revelation 1:16: • and his countenance [was] as the sun shineth in his strength. (KJV) • His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. (NIV) • and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. (NASB)
So, on a Sunday, 1,900 years ago on Patmos, a barren speck of rock, just 16 miles square and 15 miles from nowhere in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea – John saw the face of Jesus! And what did it do? It flattened Him.
JOHN WAS SEEING JESUS IN HIS MAJESTY
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