The Glorified Face of Christ: As a Flame of Fire
The Glorified Son
I (John) was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day… Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw … One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.
Revelation 1:10, 12-18
John was a man that had spent three years with Jesus during His ministry, and was one of the few who had seen Him transfigured on the mountain. He was a man who had seen a familiar face walk across the stormy seas, the marred face on the cross, and the face of a risen Savior. This man was very familiar with looking into the face of Jesus Christ. Here we see John’s best attempt to describe the fully glorified Son of God.
Despite his familiarity with Jesus, we see John’s dramatic reaction. The man that had lain on Jesus’s chest was so terrified by the glorified Christ that he fell ‘as a dead man’. We can see by the description that our Lord was a truly magnificent and frightening sight. Looking into His face, it would be quite a site to see eyes that are likened to fire!
The Burning Eyes
Thinking on His face, we see the eyes of our Savior as flames of fire. Is this just how they looked, or is there something more here? Something we can learn from and apply into our own lives? Fire has two specific purposes. Sometimes it consumes, and other times it purifies. We see this at the Judgment Seat, when our lives as believers are spread before the Lord. If there is something we did selfishly, all He has to do is look at it and it will be consumed. Praise the Lord! All our worthless deeds will leave me that day, never to be seen again. If we did something for eternal profit, when the Lord looks on it, it will be purified. What a gracious God we serve!
The Beautified Perspective
But what does all that mean for me today? So often, when Christians are trying to decide what to do, we seem to leave the One with ultimate wisdom out of the decision. I fear it is because we often know what the answer would be, so we avoid asking. When we lift a choice or opportunity up before the Lord and ask, “What do you think about this?” all He has to do is look at it, and we know if it can stand the heat of the fiery eyes of our Lord. We need to challenge ourselves to bring all things before Him. “Should I see that movie?” “Should I take this job?” “Should I be spending my time like I am?” When we ask the Lord what He thinks of our lives, we can feel the burning away of that which is impure.