When John walked and talked with Jesus as one of the twelve disciples, he couldn't fully understand whom he was dealing with. But in Revelation 1, John sees Jesus glorified, magnified, transfigured—and that's how we need to see Jesus today.
When John saw the glorified Lord Jesus, he didn't embrace Him or lean his head on the Lord's shoulder as he had in the upper room. When John saw the glorified Jesus, he was stricken with awe and dread. He realized his own sinfulness and inadequacy in the presence of Jesus. John wrote, "When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead" (Revelation 1:17).
When John saw the glorified Jesus, he was stricken with awe and dread.
John demonstrated the awe and reverence with which we should approach Jesus. I have heard many Christians pray as if Jesus was their pal, their roommate, a guy from the neighborhood. And I've heard people abuse and misuse this word awe, or its adjective form, awesome. I've heard people say, "This pizza is awesome!" But when you experience true awe and reverence for Jesus, your legs turn to Jell-O, and you fall on your face as though dead. Have you ever had a pizza that made you do that?
Nothing and no one is worthy of our awe but God—God the Father, God the Spirit, and God the Son. Only the glorified Lord is truly awesome. Nothing else comes close.
Prayer: Father, You alone are awesome. The wonders of Your love are astounding. I cannot comprehend Your greatness. Help me to honor You as You deserve and have mercy on me. Thank You for Your grace. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Jesus, . . . asked them, 'Who is it you want?' 'Jesus of Nazareth,' they replied. 'I am he,' Jesus said. . . . When Jesus said, 'I am he,' they drew back and fell to the ground" (John 18:4-6).