“And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, ‘Fear not; I am the First and the Last.'” (Revelation 1:17)
As Christmas approaches, we as Christians think a bit more about the babe in the manger, our Wonderful Savior who came to this earth to free us from sin. But do we really have a grasp on how awesome and mighty He really is?
Virtually all the major religions of the world acknowledge Jesus as an important figure. In Islam, Jesus is considered one of the highest-ranked prophets. In the Baha’i faith, Jesus is considered to be one of the manifestations of God. Many Hindus regard Christ as a god-man. The Dalai Lama (Buddhist) believes that Jesus had lived previous lives and had reached a high state. But none of these religions regard Jesus as who He really is, God in the flesh.
One of Satan’s objectives is to reduce Jesus’ status to the level of a mere man. He tries to convince the world that although He was a good person, even perhaps a great man, He was not God himself.
Even some professed Christians minimize Jesus’ godhead by making Him their buddy, or simply someone to pattern their lives after. For example, on the day specifically designated as the Lord’s Day, I am a bit disappointed to see people in church proudly wearing their favorite sports’ team apparel. Who are they really honoring? That may seem as though I am being a bit critical, but when you really think of who we are there to worship, the God of the universe, doesn’t He deserve all the glory?
On the island of Patmos, the glorified Christ was revealed to John. He had served with Christ and had known Him personally, but even in all that time of closeness with Him, John wasn’t ready for the vision of Jesus in all His glory. As we see from the verse, when John saw Him, he fell at His feet as though dead!
Our Lord, our Savior, that baby in the manger, is exceedingly more than a mere man. He came to us in the form of a man, but He is more awesome and wonderful than we can possibly conceive in our limited imaginations. This Christmas, let us ponder the greatness of our Lord.