The Brightness of Jesus’ Glory (Revelation 1:16c)

and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.

Jesus’ has a bright countenance. He literally shines; emanating bright brilliant light. He is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:29). Later in Revelation we see that the New Jerusalem has no need of the sun or the moon because of the brightness of God’s Glory (21:23).

Jesus’ power will be displayed when He shatters the Antichrist with the brightness of His countenance. This is stunning! The Antichrist will be the only human throughout history that satan will give his power and authority to. He will be greatly feared among the nations; yet this man will not even be able to stand in the presence of Jesus. God doesn’t even have to say anything and he is done for.

And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.

-2 Thessalonians 2:8

Jesus’ countenance also expresses His ability to impart power to His people through revealing His Glory to them. Moses had to veil his face because of the brightness of his skin after he was in the manifest Glory of God (Exodus 34:29-35). David asked the Lord to shine the light of His countenance upon him; he desired to live in the presence and favor of God. I believe this was one of the most powerful and all encompassing prayers that David prayed. It is what Moses cried out for when he said “show me your glory.” (Exodus 33:18) In Paul’s letter to the Church of Corinth he says that God has filled our hearts with the light of Jesus’ countenance.

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. -2 corinthians 4:6

Our hearts are illuminated with the knowledge of Jesus through the Holy Spirit that has been poured out into our hearts (Romans 5:5). This calls for a response to engage the Spirit of God in growing in the knowledge of Him. In David’s prayer; he was in essence praying to know and experience the knowledge of God.

Zack Roberts —

Operations Director at Ember

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