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Jesus as He Is (2 of 32)
In I John 3:2 there is an intriguing statement. In the last part of the verse it says, ‘‘And when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.’’ It is that little phrase which grabs my attention. Not the Jesus as He was when He walked on this earth, but Jesus as He is right now.
In the book of The Revelation, John the human author was one of the disciples of the Lord. He is now an old man and it’s been almost 60 years, or maybe more, since he had seen the Lord Jesus Christ in the flesh. But the Lord allows John to get a vision of the Lord Jesus Christ AS HE IS right now.
The key to the book of The Revelation is the Lord Jesus Christ. If you get into a difficult passage and you can’t understand the passage, the thing to do is to look for Jesus in the passage and it will clear it up a great deal. In fact, really Jesus Christ is the key to the entire Bible. Jesus is the brain and the soul of the Bible. Jesus is the heart and the core of the Bible. You take Jesus out of the Bible and you don’t have anything left. To take Jesus out of the Bible is like trying to take notes out of music. To take Jesus out of the Bible is like trying to take words out of sentences. To take the Lord Jesus Christ out of the Bible is like trying to take heat out of the fire. Jesus Christ is the key to the Bible. It is the testimony of Jesus which is the testimony of the Bible and which is the testimony of the book of The Revelation.
I want us to study these verses as John gives us the opening vision - Jesus AS HE IS. In verse 9, 10, and 11 we have the setting of the book. In the 9th verse he tells us that he is John, who is our brother and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ. He is identifying with his readers. He was going through the same difficult circumstances they were going through. He is now an old ...
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