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“And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.”

 

And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.

After John received the full force of Christ’s glory, he fainted dead away; he passed out cold. The glory of Christ was too much for him to handle. John was full of fear and awe. 

When the glory of God appeared to others in the Bible, similar reactions to John’s occurred to them: Job (Job 42:5-6); Abraham (Ge 17:3), Isaiah (Isa 6:5), Ezekiel (Ezekiel 3:23; 43:3; 44:4); Daniel 8:17; 10:8-9, 15-17) and the disciples (Mt 17:6). 

But He laid His right hand on me,

This phrase depicts Jesus consoling John. He helped John recover from his fainting spell and strengthened him with His power.

saying to me, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.

Jesus assures John by appealing to who He is. He is the ever-living, self-existent One. Jesus is before all who precede Him and after everyone who follows Him. He is eternal in His essence. 

Jesus is both the author and the finisher of history. He originates and culminates time. He spans the whole of human history and has a plan for it all. If this Person cares for us, why should we fear? Fear debilitates us. It paralyzes us from reaching our potential. 

Is 41:10. “Fear not, for I am with you;

Be not dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you,

Yes, I will help you,

I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

PRINCIPLE: 

Knowing Jesus as the originator and the culminator of history eliminates our fears.

APPLICATION: 

We cannot apply truth with an attitude of fear and trepidation. Fear and worry debilitate us. To understand God’s Word, our minds must be clear. We clear our minds by getting a good grasp of who Jesus is.

Mt 14:27, “But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.'”

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