(17) And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
When John sees Christ in His greatness, he responds by falling at Christ’s feet as if he were dead. This was very similar to Ezekiel’s response when he saw the Lord (Ezekiel 1:28) and the disciples reaction at the Mount of Transfiguration when they saw the glorified Lord (Matthew 17:2-6).
We can all understand why seeing the Lord in all His glory would bring about such a response. When we see Him in His greatness we are reminded of our shameful sinful condition, our impotence, our frailty, and our mortality. Isaiah described it best when he described fallen mankind as “a drop in the bucket”, “the small dust of a balance”, “as nothing”, “less than nothing and vanity”, and “grasshoppers” (Isa 40:15,17,22) in comparison to the greatness of Jehovah, our Creator, Sustainer, Savior and Lord.
Although none of us have ever personally seen the risen Christ in all His glory, we certainly can “see” Him with our spiritual eyes. By looking to the Scriptures and coming to an understanding of His greatness, we too can come to a realistic understanding of our needy condition before God.
Why is it so important that we all come to a moment where we fall on our faces before Him? It is only when we see our true needy condition before Him that will lead to our salvation and will be a constant reminder of our need to rely totally upon Him as we live our lives on earth.
The Lord, Himself, reminded us of this same principle in John 15:5, when He said… “…without me ye can do nothing”.
Folks, as we go about our day do we ALWAYS have in our minds that we are in constant need of our Lord to intervene in our lives? The continuing forgiveness of our many sins, our decision making, our physical strength, health and life, our opportunities of service, and so many more areas of our lives depend entirely on the Lord’s merciful intervention.
May we all, as John see the greatness of our Lord anew, recognize our weakness and desperate need of Him every minute of our day, and learn to rely upon Him as our sole source for all our daily needs. Just as the Apostle Paul had learned during the course of his life…
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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