- As He is. He is walking in majesty in the midst of the Churches. “…who walks among the seven golden lampstands” (Revelation 2:1).
As He was. He was seen in humiliation, and in the midst of two thieves, crucified. “There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them” (John 19:18).
- As He is. He is seen in garments of glory, representing the glory of His person. …clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest” (Revelation 1:13).
As He was. He was stripped of His garments, and made a spectacle to men, demons, and angels. “When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts” (John 19:23).
- As He is. His eyes are as flames of fire―reminding us of His all-seeingness. “His eyes were like a flame of fire” (Revelation 1:14).
As He was. Those eyes lost their brightness in death, and closed under the load of sin. “…and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit” (John 19:30).
- As He is. His feet are as burning and polished brass―telling us of His durability and deity. “his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace” (Revelation 1:15).
As He was. Those feet were nailed to the Cross. “See my hands and my feet…” (Luke 24:39).
- As He is. His voice is as the sound of many waters, reminding us of the power of His word. “his voice was like the roar of many waters” (Revelation 1:15).
As He was. His voice was hushed in death. “…they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead…” (John 19:33).
- As He is. His hand is mighty to hold, and to help us. “In his right hand he held seven stars” (Revelation 1:16).
As He was. Those hands were pierced, and nailed to the accursed tree. “…they have pierced my hands and fee…” (Psalm 22:16).
- As He is. Out of His mouth, goes a sharp two-edged sword―telling us of His power to destroy His enemies. “…from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword…” (Revelation 1:16).
As He was. He opened not His mouth, but was smitten by the officer over the mouth. “…so he opened not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7).
- As He is. His face is as the sun shining in his strength. “his face was like the sun shining in full strength” (Revelation 1:16).
As He was. That face was marred, spit on, the hair plucked from, and the rude hand of man insulted. “As many were astonished at you— his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance…” (Isaiah52:14).
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Francis Ansah saysJune 18, 2012 at 10:35 am
and as He is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:17
polly eckert saysJune 18, 2012 at 11:05 am
This so blessed me just now. Thank you. May I repost some of this? I don’t know how to give you the credit, Chris. THX!
He is so BEYOND comprehension then and now! Amazing man, amazing LORD!
Frank Zimmerman saysJune 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm
Isaiah 53 to me is the most powerful chapter in the Bible. Its not a real long chapter and definitely one to memorize. Can really help you thru those pity parties that we all have sometimes. “He is despised and rejected of men a man of sorrows and aquainted with grief” Hmmmm, that doesn’t fit well into the prosperity gospel. We are called to believe and SUFFER. You don’t hear to many preachers on TV preaching that.FZ
Barbara LeFevre saysJune 19, 2012 at 7:21 am
Wow! We agree on something! 🙂
I responded to your last post.
Frank Zimmerman saysJune 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm
smile,smile,smile. not sure where you found that little fellow so I just wrote it out. ha ha
Clarence Clough saysJuly 17, 2012 at 9:40 am
“Now Versus Then”
I have often used “compare and contrast” literary forms in my sermons and Bible lessons.
The Now Versus Then article is a blessing to me. I will study it frequently.