In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid.”
Every year I plunge into the book of Revelation [daunting as it may be], asking God to show me something fresh about himself. Well, this year, he answered my prayer in the very first chapter.
Beginning in verse 12, the apostle John describes a stunning vision of the resurrected Christ. I stopped my reading here and tried hard to visualize the actual moment. I saw Jesus, the Ancient of Days, the First and the Last, standing there holding seven stars in his right hand. And not just any stars – these represent the seven angels of the seven churches. Now, here’s what amazes me. When John is overcome by the vision [and who wouldn’t be] he falls at Jesus’ feet, nearly frightened to death. The text says that the Lord takes his right hand – the hand still holding up the stars and the churches [he doesn’t let them go or set them down] – and gently bends down to touch and comfort John.
This is astonishing! Our Savior stoops to give us his right hand, not the left, but his righteous right hand. This is the same hand that keeps stars and suns and planets spinning in motion, and the hand that upholds his church and its messengers all over the world.
Do you see it? Even though the Son of God is awesome in his glory and power, he does not think your needs – your hurts, your fears, your emotions – are beneath him. High and exalted as he now is, he still takes delight in bending low. His right hand may perform great and wondrous things beyond description, but he also reserves that same hand to gently touch you at your deepest point of need.
Из Pearls of Great Price, автор – Joni Eareckson Tada