Book of Revelation: A Vision of Jesus in Heaven

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What does God look like? The image of Jesus in the first chapter of the Book of Revelation to John is dramatic, awe-inspiring, breath taking and beyond comprehension. Clothed with a long robe and a golden sash across his chest, he is said to be like the Son of Man, also known as Jesus Christ. John knew Jesus what Jesus looked like. So, in the revelation given to him while on the prison Island of Patmos, it makes sense that the dream or revelation that is given to him should include Jesus. The hair of the Son of Man is white, white as snow. The feet we like burnished bronze. Feet of burnished bronze could be because the Lord is preparing for the ultimate war against evil. Another thought is that the feet of burnished bronze also represented royal status.

His eyes were like a flame of fire. This represents intensity on a deeper level than normal human beings. The eyes enable us to see, but also if a person is focused on something or someone, the eyes can make others feel like they are being pierced. I have seen persons wilt under the intense stare of another person. When this happens they become uncomfortable and ill at ease. Imagine what you would feel like if Jesus stared you down? It would probably feel like flames of fire, searing your soul like a burnt piece of pepper waiting for a slice of charbroiled chicken.

John’s vision of Jesus in heaven is very human, yet very divine. John knew Jesus. John loved Jesus and in his Revelation, Jesus becomes a super-sized version of what John remembered. To John it all made sense because Jesus was a real person whom he knew and loved and believed would one day return to earth to make all things new and all things right.

Revelation 1: 12 Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands I saw one like the Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash across his chest. 14 His head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; his eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and from his mouth came a sharp, two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining with full force. [1]

Questions for Reflection:



O Lord, my God! Your voice is more powerful than the roar of the oceans. Your vision is sharper than the beam of a laser. Your Word is like a sharp two edged sword. You Word can cut like a knife, yet heal like the balm of healing medicine. You bring down the proud and you lift up the depressed and the oppressed. You give strength to the powerless, understanding to the ignorant, abundance and wealth to the poor. The radiance of your love is like the shining of the sun. Smile upon me with your grace. Mighty is your mercy. Long-lasting is your love. Though Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.


Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (Re 1:12–16). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.