Dec 27, 1992. "His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength." What a blessing to creation is the influence of the sun! Now, if it had been desired to show that he was God incarnate, could language more clearly asserting it have been devised? It is the last of these that is here intended. He is both God and man in two distinct natures, and one person for ever. "I John," etc.II. You cannot bring Him a new ease. IT IS NEVER ALTOGETHER SILENT. 6. He holds them in His right hand. Might not their stringency be relaxed? And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. 7. by James Merritt 1. My text sets forth the beauty of Christ. (4) His head, and His hairs of wool and snow were symbols of His essential holiness and immaculate purity. And if the Lord Jesus were to manifest Himself to us as He really is, in all His unveiled majesty, we should die with excess of joy.4. Christ is continually making progress in accomplishing His wise and holy purposes. It is an honourable comparison that the instruments of God's good pleasure have put upon them in being compared to stars; for the stars are the comfort and solace of the night. When the face is mild, placid, and serene, like the sun without a cloud, it is the index or emblem of favour and affection. Some may mark their various murmurs, and their magnificent echoes, and, ascending in thought to Him who formed the seas, and who sendeth the wind out of His treasuries, may contemplate with adoring wonder the glory of Jehovah; but upon the mass of individuals the noise of the many waters makes no impression. "And heard behind me a great voice as of a trumpet, saying," or as of a speaking-trumpet, the epithet "saying" agreeing not with the "voice," but with the "trumpet." Stars are guides, and so are the Lord's true ministers. "And out of His mouth went a sharp, two-edged sword." Note well, that instrumentality is of temporary use, and is intended for the time of darkness. "Out of His mouth went a two-edged sword.". All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. They are candlesticks. 4. No doctrine of men has such piercing power.III. Thus in the glorious description that follows, He appears in the likeness of the Son, and human members are ascribed to His Divine person.2. And the love of Christ is expansive as the broad ocean; for He sends forth His invitations of mercy to every kindred and people and nation. The wonderful union between the Divine and human natures in His one Divine person; as Immanuel, God with us. There is a twofold voice attributed to Christ — the voice of His mercy, and the voice of His majesty. By the representation before us, He probably intended to signify that, however His words had been disregarded by the fallen Churches, they could not drown His voice.5. The best and fairest of the sons of men have their spots or stains; but He is pure, perfect, and unsullied. As from the great Eternity, Christ is the pattern of men.III. He saw the first star beam on the darkness, the first wave swing to its place, and He heard the first rock jar down to its place in the mountain-socket. "His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow." (5) The head of snow is the symbol of glory. H. Spurgeon.I. One of the strongest laws of our nature is the law of imitation. (2) The light which Christians are required to shed on the gloom of a sinful world is not their own, but a borrowed light. ... that as there is an ordinary call needful to the preaching of the Gospel, so, in the general, that same consequence will hold in respect of writing for such an end. 2. IV. But the views which His people have of Him are extremely varied. (Isaiah 52:8).III. Not out of the stars, but out of our Lord's mouth goes the strength which wins the day. His knowledge is absolutely perfect and infinite. All his appearances to the holy patriarchs were preludes and pledges of His coming in the flesh. Such an instrument was much in use amongst the ancients. And how delightful to anticipate the period when the harmony of the heralds of salvation will be as the sound of many waters, when the same truths will be echoed from shore to shore, and when the uniform reverberation of the tides will be emblematic of the one gospel preached among all nations! (2) The light which Christians are required to shed on the gloom of a sinful world is not their own, but a borrowed light. He is both God and man in two distinct natures, and one person for ever. It was not His natural dress, but His adornment for a particular interview; not His home attire, but His equipment for a special expedition. Having neither beginning of days nor end of years, He is a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. If it fail to cut the heart of the sinner with conviction, it will pierce and destroy him. In this representation of Christ He is more particularly described by the parts and members of His body. The word is in itself adapted to the Divine end, for it is sharp and two-edged; and when it is spoken by the Lord, its adaptation is seen. If he were no more than man, how could words such as these be spoken and written concerning him? What beauty could our first parents see in the imagery by which their restoration was promised, apart from the design? They are candlesticks. He is an aged Christ. Those who have seen the Fall of Niagara never can forget the impression it made upon the mind.3. (1) "His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow." Thus in the glorious description that follows, He appears in the likeness of the Son, and human members are ascribed to His Divine person. He not only beholds all objects, and every object, but His eyes shed a splendour on everything He sees. The soul looks safely on itself, if it look still more earnestly on its God. His countenance maketh the heart more glad than corn and wine and worldly comforts whatsoever.4. It is an honourable comparison that the instruments of God's good pleasure have put upon them in being compared to stars; for the stars are the comfort and solace of the night. 3. GONNA BE MOVING, ONE OF THESE DAYS. (4) His terrible majesty. He is in the Church as the God of nature, providence, and grace; and no weapon formed against her shall prosper.II. As from the great Eternity, Christ can give men counsel.2. That Christ is the hope of His Church in time of persecution.2. S. Exell, M. A.I. Spurgeon.)St. He holds the stars in His right hand, and every one of them is immortal till His work is done. (2) The reality of His human nature. A. There is a spirit of the Sabbath which all believers should seek to attain, and which, when cultivated to the utmost, will bring them well nigh to the borders of inspiration, and to the gate of heaven.III. And if the Lord Jesus were to manifest Himself to us as He really is, in all His unveiled majesty, we should die with excess of joy. Because of the joy He inspires.Lessons:1. "(1) There is majesty in the symbol. God's judgment — the judgment of the coming Christ — is discriminating with fine accuracy; it deals with facts, and not with professions of heart, as we shall know in that last hour. Revelation 1:1-8 . A certain star, the morning star, is also the herald of the day. The voice of Christ is diffusive. Were they not included when it was said, "He loved us, and gave himself for us"? (3) His irresistible force. De Witt Talmage.I will tell you of the sorrow, the beauty, and the antiquity of Jesus.1. If it fail to cut the heart of the sinner with conviction, it will pierce and destroy him.8. (2) His eyes are described as "a flame of fire," clearly to denote His piercing knowledge. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. THAT CHRIST IS FROM THE GREAT ETERNITY. Revelation 14:14 KJV. Stars are symbols of rulers, who are of two classes — civil and sacred. )The introductory visionG. (2) His clearness of vision. Anger has no power over us, while He who was smitten on the cheek is vividly before our mind. He shall be in charge of the lamps on the pure gold lampstand before the Lord continually. It is not the beau ideal of the Christian's God, but the symbolical representation of the means by which His kingdom would be established in the whole earth. V. THE VISION HE BEHOLDS. He has had ten thousand cases just like it before. The roar of waters is powerful, and is heard afar. and among the lampstands was One like the Son of Man, dressed in a long robe, with a golden sash around His chest. THAT CHRIST IS MOST PENETRATING IN HIS SCRUTINY. THE MEANING OF THE VISION.(C. What a blessing to the universe is the Sun of Righteousness, arising with healing and salvation in His wings! 2. The true reason why natural beauty and tasteful proportions are disregarded in the image before us is, that it is solely of a hieroglyphical character. The clearer the discoveries which Christ makes of HimseLf, the more humbled shall we be under a sense of our own vileness.2. John mentions THE DAY ON WHICH THIS VISION OCCURRED: "the Lord's Day." The Saviour's relation to the opponents of His cause. The sound of many waters can be heard at a great distance, in almost any direction.3. When the world beats up on us and we limp… The administration of Christ abounds with splendid and stupendous displays of His glory. It is as the resounding of many waters.2. "(1) There is majesty in the symbol. THE LANGUAGE HE HEARS. If we consider the practical bearing of this great truth, we shall see its efficacy to be of the most momentous kind.1. The human nature of our Lord Jesus Christ — "I saw one like unto the Son of Man. New scenes arise to obscure the deepest impressions in our minds.V. (James Durham. Having been themselves enlightened from above, it is the duty of Christians to diffuse light. God honoured His Sabbath, and He honoured the prayerful endeavours of His servant, by His revelations at that time. More than once in the black night of sorrow have I hailed the grey dawn of an old man's hair. (3) There is mercy in the symbol. What a blessing to creation is the influence of the sun! If Christ's face be so bright, then we know where to trace all the light and all the glory that we have ever seen or known. 3. On the plains of Dura, in the courts of Nebuchadnezzar and of Darius, that blest memory and faith had given invincible courage in the face of the fiery furnace and the fangs of fiercest beasts. )The introductory visionG. The power of a Church in the presence of her Lord. He never flinched from the entirety of truth. That the world has a Divine High Priest.(J. b) A belt about the breast means priestly judge, NOTE: The High Priest had a belt with a golden thread, here made entirely of gold, c) Jesus is judging each church’s use of its light i.e., dealing with the churches according to their responsibility to burn brightly, NOTE: Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. There is something in the very aspect of the ocean which expands and elevates the mind. The antiquity of the Jesus. We gain more by looking on what is perfect than by striving against what is imperfect. It behoved Jesus to be God as well as man, that He might be the Daysman between both parties; that His Deity might impart infinite value to His obedience and suffering and atoning sacrifice; that He might be the object of faith, hope, and confidence; and that His Deity might impart power and dignity to His intercession and His government.3. "Out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword." God's judgment — the judgment of the coming Christ — is discriminating with fine accuracy; it deals with facts, and not with professions of heart, as we shall know in that last hour. This entry was posted in Easter, Sermons and tagged Brahms Requiem, Helmuth Rilling, new heaven and new earth, new Jerusalem on May 6, 2016 by pastorsings. John therefore could not gaze upon that countenance, but fell at his Lord's feet as dead. If the whole aspect had been mild and alluring, it would have given a false impression to John of what it was intended to prefigure and the purpose for which it was assumed. 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