J T Mawson
From Notes of an Address on Revelation 1:5-8; 22:16-21
Nothing could be of greater importance than to have brought before us the greatness of our Leader. Unless we are acquainted with Him, realizing something of His greatness, we certainly shall not press on in the pathway of faith. We may begin well and walk separately, but we shall very soon tire of the difficulties of the way, and they will be too much for us, unless we have before our souls very definitely His love and His power. And these are very superficial days. So many young Christians are fed on choruses that do not exalt the Lord Jesus as they ought. Some are very blessed and very full, but others tend to make us forget the greatness of the Saviour. We need to have emphasized by the Holy Spirit the majesty, the power and the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us read the book of the Revelation more often with this one thing in view. It is right that we should become acquainted with the events that are shortly to come to pass, but let us not miss the greatness of the Person who is to take in hand the sword and the sceptre and bring everything in the universe into subjection to God. How great He is! If He becomes real to us, we will not tire; we will find in Him strength for every step of the way.
It is very beautiful to see how He is introduced to us in the beginning of this book from which I have read. Jesus Christ, rejected of men and despised, is the faithful witness. If He had been less faithful He would have been more respected of men. He was absolutely faithful to God, and because He trod that path of absolute obedience He was despised by men, but He was the faithful witness. What a joy it must have been to the heart of God to look down upon One in this world who did His will completely: absolutely here for God, and making God known in the midst of the darkness. He had a right to everything. He was the Messiah and might have claimed everything in the land, and yet He possessed nothing. But He had God, and He bore witness to the fact that God was better than all beside. And so He bore witness to God's character. God was made known perfectly, but that life of perfect witness ended in death, and that the death of the Cross.
This was apparent defeat.
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