He Holds The Keys (4 of 39) by James Merritt

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HE HOLDS THE KEYS (4 of 39)
THE KING IS COMING
DR. JAMES MERRITT
REVELATION 1:9-18

INTRODUCTION

1. HAS IT EVER OCCURRED TO YOU THAT AS MUCH AS WE ARE
TOLD ABOUT JESUS IN THE GOSPELS, WE ARE NEVER TOLD
WHAT HE LOOKED LIKE, NOW THERE HAVE BEEN MANY SINCERE
AND HONEST EFFORTS TO PORTRAY JESUS ON CANVAS, BUT I
HAVE A FEELING THAT NONE OF THE PICTURES EVER PAINTED
DO HIM JUSTICE. THE ONLY DESCRIPTION EVER FOUND OF
JESUS IN THE BIBLE IS FOUND HERE IN THE FIRST CHAPTER
OF THE REVELATION. BUT IT IS OBVIOUSLY A FIGURATIVE
DESCRIPTION, WHICH COULD NOT BE PAINTED ON CANVAS, NOR
TRANSLATED INTO A PORTRAIT. IN FACT, KNOWING THAT THIS
IS FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE I DOUBT THAT EVEN THIS
DESCRIPTION DOES FULL JUSTICE TO THE RISEN LORD,

2. NOW REMEMBER IT HAD BEEN OVER 60 YEARS SINCE JOHN
HAD SEEN THE LORD JESUS. HE HEARS A VOICE LIKE A
TRUMPET AND TURNS TO SEE THE VOICE, AND HE SEES ONE
"LIKE THE SON OF MAN." 1 (V.13) I THINK IT IS
EXTREMELY INFORMATIVE THAT JOHN SAW ONE LIKE THE SON
OF MAN, NOT JUST THE SON OF GOD. AS MUCH AS WE
EMPHASIZE THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS WE MUST NEVER
FORGET THE HUMANITY OF THE LORD JESUS. JESUS IS
FOREVERMORE A MAN. JESUS WAS NOT A MAN BEFORE HIS
INCARNATION; HE WAS GOD AND GOD ALONE. BUT HE WAS BORN
A MAN, HE LIVED A MAN, HE DIED A MAN, HE WAS RAISED A
MAN, AND HE IS NOW AND FOREVER A MAN. THAT IS A
STAGGERING THOUGHT TO REALIZE THAT THERE IS A MAN ON
THE THRONE IN HEAVEN.

3. THIS TITLE "THE SON OF MAN" DESCRIBES THE HUMANITY
OF THE LORD JESUS. 85 TIMES. IN THE GOSPELS JESUS IS
CALLED THE SON OF MAN. IT WAS ONE OF HIS FAVORITE
TITLES BECAUSE 83 OF THOSE TIMES JESUS USED THAT VERY
TITLE TO REFER TO HIMSELF. HE LOVED FOR PEOPLE TO KNOW
THAT HE WAS NOT JUST GOD. HE WAS INDEED MAN, THE GOD
MAN.

4. ONE OF THE QUESTIONS A PASTOR IS OFTEN ASKED IS
"WHO ARE WE GOING TO SEE IN HEAVEN-GOD THE FATHER. GOD
THE SON, OR GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT?" WELL I WANT TO SAY,
FIRST OF ALL, THAT WE ARE ...


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