Niagara Falls. “Three cataracts convulsing into one terrifying, titanic torrent. A massive deluge of 750,000 gallons descending every second to form the highest flow rate of any waterfall on the planet.”
I visited this natural wonder in 1978 along with hundreds of others. We all felt so little in comparison to its magnitude. Struck by its magnificence. The roar of the waterfalls drowning out all conversation.
John in the Book of Revelation had his own Niagara Falls-type of an encounter. But John’s encounter was not for just him alone.
Niagara Falls. Captivating. Breathtaking.
Discipled by the Master
For John, it all began when Jesus chose him for a three-year intense training mission. He was part of the inner circle of the miracle-working Son of God.
As an eye witness of Jesus, he wrote the Gospel of John. And in the final pages John tells the church there still was so much more he knew about his Lord that if he wrote it all done, he supposed
“were the vastness of the work and words of Jesus carefully detailed, the libraries of the world could not contain them” (John 21:25 Mirror Translation).
Come with me as we look at the final days of John’s 60 years being discipled by his Master. Old and abandoned, now a prisoner, John is still faithful to his best friend.
To John, Jesus was more than a casual acquaintance. But what happened to John on the Isle of Patmos was almost as if he had never seen his Savior before, as if he was meeting him again–for the very first time!
“Seemingly sidelined in solitary confinement, in reality, John is about to be ushered into the control center of the cosmos, surrounded by a festive multitude of saints and angels celebrating the irreversible, redeeming triumphs of the Monarch of mankind.”
“John is about to be staggered by the Spirit, inducted into an exhilarating, renovating “Christ Awakening” meant to encapsulate the biblical hope for, and the prototype of, God’s promised way to revitalize all of his people throughout all generations.”
What’s so fascinating to me is, back in 2017, the Holy Spirit showed me that Christ is revealing again that he is the preeminent one. Just like John, you will see Jesus almost as if you had never seen him before like you are meeting him again – for the very first time!
“When I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, I saw seven golden lampstands. . . I saw someone like a son of man, wearing a full-length robe with a golden sash over his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool—white as glistening snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire!
His feet were gleaming like bright metal, as though they were glowing in a fire, and his voice was like the roar of many rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. And his face was shining like the brightness of the blinding sun!”
Guess what there remains much more to him than you and I ever suspected. Much more. John said, “When my eyes took in this sight I fell at his feet like a dead man” (Revelation 1, Phillips).
Now it’s your turn. As you experience a fresh reawakening of the supremacy of Jesus Christ may your union with him be richer and fuller even if you’ve known him for years.
May your vision be enlarged to see the whole Christ!