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“His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many crowns; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself” (Revelation 19:12).

It is interesting that many of the entertainment renditions of Jesus show a timid, weak, effeminate blond, blue-eyed, long-haired guy.  I often wonder who that is.  The Lord I have come to know is serious, eyes blazing.  He was a carpenter, so He is no weakling.  He is above all, so we dare not make Him so ordinary and simple.  Accessible, yes, but still Lord of lords, and King of kings.

Lord, let me not fall into the trap of just thinking about You as some cosmic nice guy.  You are the Lord of all creation.  In You alone is the hope of all people.  Lead me in the way of everlasting life so that I may humbly walk in the new life that You alone give.  Guide me according to Your purpose so that I may learn from You how to be faithful.  You are the all-in-all for each one of us.

Lord Jesus, You came the first time humbly.  When You come to usher in Your kingdom, it will be in the fullness of Your power and authority.  Lead me, Lord, to live toward that day.  Help me to not accept the world’s characterization of You, but instead to live knowing that all power and authority are in Your hands.  Guide me today to walk faithfully with You.  Guide me to anticipate with joy the great and terrible day when I stand before You face to face.  Amen.