The Jesus That Is
May 8, 2022 / Josh Sercey
This week, Pastor Josh looks at the vision of Jesus given in Revelation 1. We see how much his strength and power means to our continuing endurance as disciples.
- We often think of Jesus as only meek and mild, but he is also strong and glorious. We need both his gentle grace and unmatched strength.
- The vision that John has of Jesus gives the readers of Revelation everything they need to endure.
- This vision of Jesus is meant to show us how he really is, even when it seems like things are falling apart in the world.
COMMUNITY GROUP QUESTIONS:
- We often think of Jesus as only meek and mild. But why do you think it’s important for us to acknowledge his strength and glory as well?
- Part of what John sees about Jesus is his control over all things, signified by the “seven stars in his right hand.” This was important to the original readers of Revelation, given that it seemed like Christianity’s movement was falling apart at the seams. In your own times of pressing and suffering, how have you processed the sovereignty of God? Is Jesus’s control over all things a comfort to you or more confusing?
- It’s important for us to acknowledge that this vision of Jesus is how he really is. Even when it seems like the world is falling apart, Jesus remains strong, pure, wise, and in control. How would you describe the ease or difficulty you have acknowledging that Jesus is like this even when suffering comes?
- One thing that’s astonishing in this vision of Jesus: John is told not to be afraid. Despite the strength, beauty, and glory of Jesus shining bright, John is told to not be intimidated but rather to trust Jesus. This is because Jesus has already taken away every reason for us to be afraid before his glory. How are you currently approaching Jesus through his grace? Do you feel intimidated by him or drawn to him?