The Vision Of Jesus In Revelation
Look long, look again and again at the vision John received of Jesus Christ in the midst of the candlesticks [churches] (Rev. 1:9-20). Let the vision hold you in its marvelous power.
His head and His hair are white like wool, indicative of His purity and His eternity. His eyes are like a flame of fire, for His intimate knowledge of the churches is penetrating and piercing. His feet are like burnished brass, signifying the procedure of strength and purity.
His voice is like the voice of many waters, a concord of perfect tones. In His hand are seven stars, indicating His administrative right, power and protection. From His mouth goes a sharp, two-edged sword, giving keen and accurate verdicts concerning His people. His whole countenance is as the sun, creating day, flashing light, bathing all the landscape with beauty.
Such was the One who moved amid the churches in the vision of John at Patmos, and such is the One who still unifies the churches into the Church by His presence and presidency.
The vision is evidently a night scene, as witness the lampstands and the stars, and yet it is a day scene, for behold, the countenance of the Son of man is "as the sun shineth in his strength" (1:16). John beheld as in a vision, the Church in its present relation and responsibility to Christ and the world. The night all around is the world’s darkness. The only light shining upon that darkness is that which comes from the lampstands. The vision of Christ’s face as that of the sun, is a revelation of what He is to His people. To them it is day time. "Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness" (1 Thes. 5:5). The Church is here seen as the light bearer, with Christ as unifying center and directing authority. Christ Himself in the midst of the seven lampstands creates their unity. The unity of the Church consists in the common relationship of each church to the Lord Himself who is present in the midst.
– Arranged from A First-Century Message To Twentieth-Century Christians by G. Campbell Morgan.