Jesus Christ - A Warrior?
* John saw heaven opened (Rev. 4:1; Ezek. 1:1)
* Our image of Jesus is rarely that of a warrior.
* Christ's designations:
1. Reason why He came
* To save man (Jn. 3:17). There is no other way (Heb. 10:26).
* He will come to judge and to destroy the ungodly! (II Cor. 5:10; I Thess. 1:7-9)
* See Rev. 16. - Meggido (II Kings 23:29).
* Final Judgment will be fair in that it will:
- consider one’s level of personal knowledge (Lk. 12:47-4)
- be consistent with one’s abilities (Lk. 19:13)
- occur in light of one’s opportunities (Mt. 11:20)
- be aware of the law to which one was responsible (Heb. 10:28-29)
2. Warrior's description
* Eyes as flame of fire (Rev. 19:12; 1:14 &2:18).
* Crown of royalty (19:12)
* Holding a name only He knew (19:12)
* Robe dipped with blood (Rev. 19:13). Most likely, the blood of those who would ignore His will.
* On that great and final day, God will destroy those who have resisted His will (Lk. 18:7-8; Rom. 12:19; Rev. 6:9-11).
*Those willing to take up the Master's cause will share in His victory! (Rev. 12:10-12 & 7:14).
3. The enemy defeated
* Weapon is a sword (v. 15, also Heb. 4:12).
* Scripture testifies to power of spoken word (Ps. 33:6&9; Heb. 1:3).
* At the time of Judgment, Jesus will speak the enemy to banishment (II Thess. 2:8; Isa. 11:4).
* Jesus will rule enemies w/rod of iron (v. 15).
* God's wrath is a reasonable response to man's wickedness and rebellion.
May we never forget this aspect of Christ's nature and live our lives for Him.
R.W. McAlister 1/25/09 p.m.