Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him… (Revelation 1:7).
Behold… Jesus is coming, and every eye will see him. Jesus is described in Revelation 1:5-6 in terms of the great Redemption that he has accomplished for every believer—he loves us, he has saved us from our sins, and he has made us into a kingdom whose one common ground is Jesus. Yet the emphasis is not on us, but on the fact that such a beautiful redemption means all glory and power belong to him!
Jesus is still the Lamb in the book of Revelation, but the Lamb is on the throne.
In Revelation, gone forever is the humiliation of Jesus the Christ. No more is Jesus a lowly baby in a trough, or an unknown carpenter’s son, or even a great teacher who is submitted to earthly authorities. Jesus is no longer the humble, patient, long-suffering Messiah. Yes, Jesus is still the Lamb in the book of Revelation, but the Lamb is on the throne.
In the book of Revelation, Jesus is “the Alpha and the Omega”—the One who created everything in the beginning for his pleasure, and the one who now is drawing all Creation to its conclusion. In the book of Revelation, Jesus is “the Almighty” —there will be resistance at the end, but resistance is futile because all power belongs to Jesus. Even the two infamous beasts that appear in chapters 13 and 14 are only “given” power and “granted” authority for a specific period of time.
We are reminded of the cosmic dimensions of Jesus’ rule: there is nothing that is not under his power and authority.
The leadership of nations, the movements of terrorists, the activities of nature—all are under Jesus’ control, and are ultimately answerable to him.
There will be resistance at the end, but resistance is futile because all power belongs to Jesus.
Yet we must also apply this intimately and personally. Jesus is sovereign over the details of my daily life. Every decision, every opportunity, every challenge, every motivation is to be submitted to Jesus. He is not only the King of kings; he is to be the king of me.
In the Revelation, we are told to “behold,” to consider this Jesus now; because this exalted, almighty Jesus is coming soon and every eye will see him. Jesus is coming whether we want him to or not, whether we look for him or not, whether we reject him now or not. When he returns, every eye will see him! How will you see him then? As righteous restorer and comforter, or as almighty judge? It depends. How do you “behold” him now?