A Powerful Name, a Strong Identity

“And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”—Revelation 19:16 (NKJV)
Driving through town with my 12-year-old grandson, I mentioned how many tattoo shops I saw. It seemed normal to him, but not to me. There’s a fifty-year gap in life experience between us, yet a closeness in our relationship and neither of us have any tattoos.
The only people who had tattoos when I was twelve usually had experience in the military, a gang, or prison. What can I say, I led a sheltered life and it was a different time back then. But how times have changed!
What hasn’t changed is the purpose for tattoos. It’s an identity thing. Most people who are serious about tattoos have a story or significant meaning attached to the ink injected in their skin.
When I read today’s Scripture, I see a powerful, dramatic figure of Jesus. Is He a different Jesus than in the gospels? Not at all! We can see glimpses of this more dramatic persona of Jesus when He’s challenged by hypocritical Jewish leaders.
What’s revealed here reminds us that Jesus is no mere human, He is also God in nature. This is not a politically correct version of Jesus that some may portray today; it’s a full-color, 3-D reality of who Jesus is.
The Jesus revealed in the gospels comes in humility to redeem and restore a humanity lost in itself and buried in sin. Jesus, the slain Lamb of God (Revelation 5:6, 9, 12), now rides a white horse as a mighty warrior (Revelation 19:11–16). Notice that both His robe and thigh bear His identity—the King of kings and Lord of lords.
This is the culmination, the final conquest of the archenemy of God and His people. Much of the wording is figurative, but not His identity. All foes of God are subdued by the One known as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Consider the simplicity and power of all this. It’s important for us who walk in faith. We’ve surrendered our lives and chosen to follow Jesus who laid His life down for us and took it up again. Because we now have true life and a living hope, we can face the fears and failures of this life trusting in the One who reigns triumphant over all. May He ever reign in our hearts today and forever!
DIG: How do you see Jesus when you go through your life each day? How do you see Him when you pray?
DISCOVER: Go back and read through Revelation 19:11-16 and meditate on this picture of Jesus.

DISPLAY: As you pray today and throughout the week, keep this image of Jesus—the King of kings and Lord of lords—in your mind’s eye and settled in your heart.

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Trip Kimball