17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore
Even though John fell at Jesus’ feet as though he was dead, Jesus laid his hand on him and told him to fear not.
Similar to John, when Isaiah sees a vision of God in heaven, he says, “Woe is me!” He is undone. He is aware of his unworthiness.
John sees Jesus and all he can do is fall to pieces. Jesus is that beautiful, overwhelming, worthy.
But the crazy thing is that Jesus lays his hand on him, touches him and tells him to fear not.
It makes sense that Jesus would do this on earth but in heaven one could imagine that Jesus would be regal and not stoop down to touch John or us, but rather revel in his glory. But no, Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is a leader who condescends, stoops down to us & tell us to fear not.
Even though our natural response is to fear. He tells us not to. He tell us we have nothing to fear because he has overcome it all. He welcomes us.
Thank you for being this gracious with us. I long for this day. I long to see you face to face, when faith is no more, but rather we simply see you & rejoice. Amen