The beginning of this passage gives us a magnificent vision of Christ as a holy warrior and our righteous King. This is nothing like the description of Jesus usually taught to small children in Sunday School! This scene shows us that when the time comes, he will obliterate his enemies, allow the vultures a “great banquet,” then throw the beast and false prophet into the fiery lake.
Questions for further thought:
1. Jesus is labeled “Faithful and True,” “the Word of God,” and “King of all kings and Lord of all lords” in this short passage alone. Which of his many names has the most impact on you and why?
2. What emotions does verse 15 invoke within you?
Challenge: The “sharp sword” coming from Christ’s mouth represents God’s word which people experience one of two ways: grace or judgment. The person who accepts his word and repents receives grace. The person who rejects God’s word experiences judgement which leads to death. Remember that his word is unchanging and it is not our job to make it into something soft, fluffy, or comfortable – it’s a double-edged sword!
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