Stars Swords and Brilliance

More meditations on the beauty of Jesus

Rev. 1:16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged
sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

How lovely Jesus is! And the longer we behold His nature and His character, the more of His beauty we

Here in Revelation 1, during John’s vision on the Lord’s day, Jesus appears to him with multitudinous
revelations about who He is and what His heart is like. In this verse we see Him holding the seven stars in
His right hand.

Throughout scripture, whenever we see mention of God’s right hand, this speaks of the works of God that
we can perceive.

The seven stars, we learn in verse 21, are the seven ‘angels’ or leaders of the churches in Asia Minor
(ancient name for modern day Turkey).

So how do those two scriptural ideas work together?

Jesus holds our leaders in the palm of His hand, and is actively working in their lives. Whether or not
they participate in that work is a different question, but we learn in later chapters what happens in that

Jesus’ sword is not in His hand but in His mouth. Consider the power of Jesus’ words!

“When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.” ~ John 18:6

This double-edged sword is the Word of God. Flesh and blood may pass away, but His word will never
pass away. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates
even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
Heb. 4:12

In John’s vision, the face of Jesus is as brilliant as the sun. And we will be like Him in the age to come:

“Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them
hear.” ~ Jesus (Matthew 13:43)

Jesus will have a bride who is an equally yoked partner. We can follow His example here and continually
lift up our leaders in prayer. The sword we use should be the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of
God. And the more we gaze upon Him, the more we will be like Him. “And we all, who with unveiled
faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory,
which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

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