“Fear not” (Revelation 1:17)

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,” (Revelation 1:17, ESV)

Fear NotJohn, the human writer of Revelation, writes this verse 17 after he describes seeing Jesus. He describes Jesus as “one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white… His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze… and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 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” (Revelation 1:13-16).

I think if anyone met someone like that, the natural reaction would be fear! Imagine seeing someone that is this impressive even from the first glance. John sees this with his own eyes and describes it as best as he can in human words. I imagine the words he uses cannot do the sight justice.

So John is afraid. What is Jesus’ reaction to this fear? It is just like every reaction He’s had to someone who has been afraid. Whenever His disciples were afraid, the first thing He would say to them is “Do not fear”! So here we have it again, “Fear not”!

Why should we not fear? Well the reason is because He says, “I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades” (Rev. 1:18). So basically, we don’t have to be afraid because Jesus Christ died on a cross for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead three days later. He defeated sin, death, and Hell itself.

We don’t have to be afraid of anything because Jesus Christ our Savior is the Victor.


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