It was the Lord’s day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit. Suddenly I heard a loud voice behind me, a voice that sounded like a trumpet blast. It said, “write down what you see and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands, and standing in the middle of the lampstands was the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were bright as bronze refined in a furnace. And his voice thundered like a mighty ocean wave. He held seven stars in his right hand and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was as bright as the sun in all its brilliance. When I saw him I fell at his feet as dead, then he laid his right hand on me and said, “Do not be afraid, I am the first and the last. I am the living one who died, I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.” Revelation 1:10-18
Have you ever been so overwhelmed that tears came? Sometimes we are overwhelmed with good news or a miraculous event like the birth of a child. Sometimes we are overwhelmed with grief. Sometimes we are just overwhelmed with the pressures of an overwhelming list of “to-dos” or just life in general. John was overwhelmed with what he saw. John saw Jesus! Throughout scripture, we see men who experienced a “theophany”, a literal encounter with Christ. Their reaction was to be overwhelmed to the point of falling to their knees. Isn’t it interesting that Christ’s reaction to every encounter is,
“Fear not”. Today there appears to be much to be afraid of…getting sick, financial struggles, a country in turmoil. We have much to be overwhelmed by, and our natural response is fear!
But there are two observations from this text I’d like to share. First….where is Christ when John sees him? He is standing in the middle of the seven lampstands. He is standing in the middle of the seven churches. He’s standing in the midst of the churches signifies his dominion and authority, not just for those seven churches in Revelation, for they serve to represent the church of all time! And who does He tell John it is who is standing in the middle of all?……the Alpha and the Omega….the beginning and the end! What John saw in Christ was purity, searching judgment, eternal wisdom, His victory, His authority, His majesty.
Do you see Him standing in the midst of your yesterday, today, and tomorrow? He holds dominion there. Be overwhelmed not by what you see in your life and your world around you! Be overwhelmed by the one who stands in the middle of your life and all of eternity(the one IS the beginning and the end!) with purity, judgment, wisdom, victory, authority, and majesty!!
Lord, today I know that you are standing not only in the middle of my life but in the middle of ALL! I know that you have dominion and authority over all things. I commit to filling my mind with Your word, Your authority, Your dominion…knowing that you are not overwhelmed!! I will choose to worship when I begin to worry!