One Like Unto the Son of Man (Revelation 1:12-13a)

When John turned to see the voice that spoke to him, he saw something truly amazing: A Savior who was like one of us. Glorified, exalted, yes, but one not untouched by the feeling of our infirmities.

Revelation 1:12-13a

(12)  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

(13)  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man…

The first thing John notices in this vision is the “seven golden candlesticks and in the midst of them one like unto the Son of man.” “Candlesticks” is more accurately rendered “a lamp, light stand, or candelabra.” The seven lights represent the seven churches mentioned in verse 11. As also noted before, this does not mean only those churches. The seven are a representative sample. What we need to come away with is the knowledge that our Savior moves amongst the churches, watching over them and caring for them – disciplining them as needed – and that applies to every gathering of believers whether it’s a small country church with only a handful of members, or a large church with hundreds of members. Jesus watches over every single one!

Where John says, “one like unto the Son of man” is actually “one like unto a son of man.” This does not diminish the divinity of Christ, nor does it mean that the Person John sees is not Christ. The emphasis here is that John saw someone that looked human like us. Why is that important? It is important because it means that Jesus, our Advocate is one of us! Not to sound irreverent, but when it comes to the Trinity, we have a person on the inside. Besides being divine, my Savior wholly identifies with me as a human being. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”  (Hebrews 4:15) He is God and yet He is human like me!

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