This past Sunday night at Grace Community Church we continued our ongoing series on the Spiritual Presence of Christ with the Church from the first three chapters of Revelation. This we were looked again at the vision Revelation 1:13-16:
13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.
This passage is literally an opportunity to see invisible spiritual realities with our physical eyes. This week we looked at the 3rd vision of Christ in this passage, the image of Christ wearing a Robe and Sash. The significance of this vision is that it reminds us that Jesus serves as our High Priest in Heaven.
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Sermon Notes (what I preached from):
3. The Image of the Robe and Sash (v. 13c)
- The 3rd image that John sees is the image of the robe & sash
- Robe can refer to stately clothing of a King or dignitary. Most frequently in LXX this specific word (ποδήρης) describes priestly garments:
- i.e. Ex 28:40, Lev 29:8-9, Lev 8:7, Lev 16:4. This image reminds us that Jesus serves as Priest
- The OT priest’s job was to tend the lampstand in the temple, similarly Jesus tends to the church.
- Lev 24:1-4 – Someone had to tend to it to make sure it gave off light
- Jesus continues to tend to the churches & arrange them to shine the light of the Gospel forth.
- Even if our church goes through times of trouble Jesus is still tending to this lampstands
- The OT priest represented the people before God, similarly Jesus represent His people
- Lev 16:15 – Priest is a mediator // has to cleanse himself // required annually
- Hebrews 6:19-20: A priest greater than Levitical priests// In Heaven // once for all sacrifice // Melchizedek // tribe of Judah to be King // This is an anchor to our souls
- Hebrews 7:25: He intercedes for Us. He does the opposite of Satan.
- Hebrews 9:11-12: He mediates based on His sacrifice
- All together this means that Jesus’ ministry as our priest is part of how He saves us.
- Jesus’ priestly intercession is the means by which we are preserved.
- Example: Luke 22:31-34 – Peter’s repentance was the result of intercession
- When John saw Jesus dressed in the robe and sash it was a visible reminder of Jesus’s ministry as our High Priest.
- In the midst of struggle this would have been an important reminder for John and it is important for us as well.
- It is easy to become so consumed with our circumstances and our perspective that we doubt God
- The vision of Jesus as our High Priest provides 2 encouragements in suffering:
- We’re not alone
- Heb 2:17-18 – Jesus can sympathize as our High Priest
- We’re not in danger
- Jesus protects us from what is dangerous NOT what we perceive to be dangerous. He protects us from spiritual eternal danger. He uses his ministry for our eternal good.
- Sometimes that means we have to hear the Rooster crow, or we have to do a stint on Patmos, but ultimately we know that we stand eternally secure because Jesus is our high priest.
- Rom 8:31ff: It doesn’t say thing won’t threaten us or we won’t have to endure. It says we win because Jesus prays for us.