Revelation 19: 11-21: The mystery of Christ.

11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ‘He will rule them with an iron sceptre.’[a] He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords.17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in mid-air, ‘Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.’19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20 But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshipped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulphur. 21 The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.” NIV

The battle has been long and hard, but in the end Jesus wins!                                             Here is the Leader we all long for. One day He will appear. He is Faithful and True’’ and totally Just (11). He has complete knowledge, and exercises absolute rule (12a; note the repetition from 1:14b). But, there is a mystery about the Person of Christ that we will never fully fathom. However much we do know, by grace, there will always be so much more to know:

‘’He has a name written on him that no-one knows but he himself’’ (12b).

‘Only the Son of God can understand the mystery of His own being.’ H.B.Swete. Therefore, like John in chapter 1, we belong at His feet. May we always feel the wonder of Jesus.