Who Is Jesus?
men say I am? And so they began to say well, some say Elijah. Well why Elijah? Because Elijah was full of passion
and prayer, confronted controlling spirits and idolatry. And some say well, He's John the Baptist returned from the
dead. Why? Because John was a fiery preacher who preached repentance, so they thought that looks just like John
Then some say Jeremiah. Jeremiah was a prophet of great compassion, who wept over the nation and its difficulties,
so people picked up different impressions about what Jesus was like. They likened Him to people they knew;
someone passionate, they must have seen Him preach passionately; someone compassionate, someone who was
fiery in confrontation. Those are the things they saw in Him. We get a weak, wishy washy watered down Jesus. You
need to know that He's passionate and fiery, and I want to show you some aspects of Him - so Jesus then put the
question of well, who do you say I am? Who do you say I am? He said: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Now notice what he says: You are the anointed one, the Son of the living God - not a dead God, you're the Son of the
living God, and Jesus said: you didn't figure this out by being smart, or going to a message. You got this by revelation
of the Holy Ghost.
Now if you're going to know Jesus, you need the Holy Spirit. If we don't know how to commune with the Holy Spirit,
listen to the Holy Spirit, let Him speak to us, how will we ever get to know Jesus, because that's the Holy Spirit's job
description - reveal Him to us. So we'll touch on that a bit more. So let's go now and have a look into Revelations.
The Book of Revelation is a great book. Now most people look at the Book of Revelations, they get caught up with
beasts and antichrist and marks and numbers, and overall very negative. This of course is not the focus of the Book
of Revelation. It's included in it, but it's not the focus of it by any means. Let's have a look at that, the Book of
Revelation. Here it is, Book of Revelation, Chapter 1, Verse 1. Here it is.
It says: the Revelation of Jesus Christ - so what's the Book of Revelation about? It's about? [Jesus Christ.] It's about?
[Jesus Christ.] It's not the anti-christ and the beasts and the tribulation, all the other stuff and marks and stuff like that.
It is about Jesus Christ! Get it right, it's about Jesus. Now what is it about Jesus? It's about the person of Jesus, who
He is, and what He's like. It's about His purpose, and how He's going to unfold it step by step by step, and it's about
His plan for us, and the part we would play in it. In Revelations 1, 2 and 3, where it talks about the churches, there's
at least 24 different descriptions of what Jesus is like. You could just go through the first three chapters, and have a
look where Jesus reveals Himself, and begin to get an idea what He's like. Now here's the thing. If you don't know
what He's like, how can you relate to Him, and know Him?
To know Him, or to become intimate with Him, is to get to know who He is, not someone else's idea of Him. That
requires the Holy Spirit to help us, so the Book of Revelation is the revealing or unveiling of Jesus Christ and His plan
for the church, not to run away, not to be caught out of it all, but to bring the grace and the glory and the goodness of
God to all nations in the earth! I don't know if you've read the book, but the last part of the book is very clear, that all
of the nations will walk in the light of the church, the house of the living God. This is a great book to read. Not only -
look, look what it says here. It says: the revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him, to show His servants things
which must take place shortly, and He sent and signified this by His angel, to His servant John. Now notice what it
says, Verse 3: Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things.
Notice it says: there is a blessing if you will read the Book of Revelation - even if you don't understand it all. There'll
be some things you can understand and respond to, and this is what He said.
If you read it, hear it in your heart, and respond to it, you'll be blessed. It's the only book in the Bible that says you'll
be blessed if you read that one. Why? Because it's important to the end times, it's important to us in this day. Notice
what it says, Verse 7, look at this: Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye shall see Him. So what Jesus
is about to do in the end time, is not going to be hidden away, or a secretive thing in a building down Omahu Road.
It'll be something global! Every eye shall see Him - so what Jesus is planning to do, is to impact all nations, all people,
the whole earth. You are part of a global ministry, and you're called, each of us are called, to play our part. Now
notice this - what will our part be? Well I'm not going to go into this aspect, I want to focus on Jesus, but have a look
in Revelations 5:10. It says: you have redeemed us to God by Your blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people
and nation, and made us kings and priests to our God; here it is, Verse 10 - and we shall reign on the earth. We shall
reign on earth.
Now notice what it's telling us. The Book of Revelation reveals who Jesus is. It's on a scale that will affect the whole
of the world, and there's a vital part we play in it. Now you have to get your thinking right, otherwise you withdraw
from our great call, our great commission, to change the world - not retreat from the world, but to change the world,
one soul at a time, one soul at a time, one life at a time, change this world. So I want to show you three aspects in
Revelation 19 of Jesus, who He is, and what He's like, and then we'll unfold each one, how it works out. We're going
to ask the kinds of question like this: Who is this Jesus? What does He do, or what are His characteristics? How do I