Revelation 1 – I fell at his feet as though dead

I was reading through Revelation 1 today and I came across a verse that struck me and thought I would share some thoughts.

[12] Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, [13] and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. [14] The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, [15] his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. [16] In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.

[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, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. [19] Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. [20] As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. (Revelation 1:12-20 ESV)

As we know, the book of Revelation starts with John greeting the seven churches and recalling his vision given to him on the island of Patmos. I was reading the description of John’s vision (verses 12-16) and came to verse 17 and was struck for a moment.

The scripture states that [17] When I (John) saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. The overwhelming appearance of the risen savior in all His glory hit John so hard that he had no choice by to fall on his face before Him as if he was now lifeless.

I am not sure about you but with the busyness of life I have found it far more convenient to approach God in the way I desire. Which is usually on my feet in between tasks or in a sparingly way looking to the next task.

But I wonder how many of us have been humbled in this way before God? I wonder how many of us have approached God on our faces? I know that His desire is for us to approach Him in humility in the right heart condition. But how many of us actually walk this out in our lives on a consistent basis?

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