The Revelation of Jesus Christ
Standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.
Whoa. That's intense. Seriously, please take a minute, close your eyes and imagine what was just described. You'll need to open your eyes for the next part, but read each new description and actually imagine it. Piece together what St. John has written down. Really try to construct the picture of our Lord in your head. That's pretty crazy, right?
A friend and brother asked me to read a book called Reversed Thunder by Eugene Peterson. In it, Peterson calls for our imagination to be stirred by the pictures that are drawn for us. He asks us to set aside our preconceived notions and engage the parts of our brains that will excite a new appreciation for who Jesus is and how He has revealed Himself to us.
Imagining Jesus in all His glory is a new experience for me, and it has started me on a new journey through The Revelation to see what other things I have missed. I would encourage you to take a new look at The Revelation and The Bible as a whole while engaging your imagination to see what new things the Spirit has to say. God, give us ears to hear!