It could be said that the Apostle John had a predilection for recording what Jesus said about Jesus. Case in point: John’s gospel contains the seven “I am” sayings of Jesus. Honestly, I’d never taken note of the statements Christ makes about Himself in Revelation, as concerned as I was with the beasts and all. Had it not been for better Biblical teaching, I may have never noticed…
Here’s how the risen Christ reveals Himself:
- 1:17: the First and the Last. (See also Isaiah 44:6 and Isaiah 48:12)
- 1:18: the Living One, who was dead, is alive forever and ever and holds the keys of Death and Hades
- 2:1: Him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands (Verse 20 of chapter 1 explains that the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches , and the seven lampstands are the seven churches)
- 2:8: Him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.
- 2:12: Him who has the sharp double-edged sword. John has already introduced us to the sharp double-edged sword in 1:16. This same sword will be used against the church in Pergamum if they don’t repent (2:16) . The sword makes a reappearance in 19:15. In addition, we find the sword in familiar verses in Ephesians and Hebrews
- 2:18: the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. The only place Jesus identifies Himself as “the Son of God”. In chapter 1:14-15 John describes Jesus’ appearance, as did Daniel before him.
- 3:1: Him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars.
- 3:7: Him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. A quotation from Isaiah 22:22
- 3:14: the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation
- 21:6: the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End
- 22:13: the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the Last, the Beginning and the End
- 22:16: the Root and the Offspring of David, and the Bright Morning Star. (To the church in Thyatira, He promised the morning star to him who overcomes (2:28).)
In conclusion, it was amazing for me to “discover” just how many of our beloved names for Jesus (lion of Judah, Alpha and Omega…) are from the book of Revelation.