Behold the Man

“Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and to day, and forever.”

Hebrews 13:8

And,

THOU, LORD, IN THE BEGINNING HAST LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH; AND THE HEAVENS ARE THE WORKS OF THINE HANDS: THEY SHALL PERISH;

  • BUT THOU REMAINEST;
  • AND THEY ALL SHALL WAX OLD AS DOTH A GARMENT;
  • AND AS A VESTURE SHALT THOU FOLD THEM UP,
  • AND THEY SHALL BE CHANGED:
  • BUT THOU ART THE SAME,
  • AND THY YEARS SHALL NOT FAIL.” Hebrews 1:10-12.

The book of the Prophet Ezekiel proves to be one of the most interesting of the prophets. Its pages reveal visions of glory, parables of judgements, and words of hope and restoration. Our walk with Jesus in Ezekiel looks at one of those visions of glory.

Ezekiel’s visions of the glory of God rival the apostle John’s in Revelation, including a glimpse of the glory of God to be revealed in Jesus Christ.

The likeness of the Man on the throne Ezekiel saw:

“And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone:

and upon the likeness of the throne

was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

The description of the One Ezekiel saw:

 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about with it,

from the appearance of his loins even downward,

I saw as it were the appearance of fire,

and it had brightness round about.

As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain,

so was the appearance of the brightness round about.

This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.

Ezekiel’s Response:

And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.” Ezekiel 1:26-28.

The New Testament reality of Ezekiel’s vision.

The likeness of the Man : God’s testimony of the Son.

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,

  • whom he hath appointed heir of all things,
  • by whom also he made the worlds;
  • Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person,
  • and upholding all things by the word of his power,
  • when he had by himself purged our sins,
  • sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…

“unto the Son he saith,

THY THRONE, O GOD, IS FOR EVER AND EVER:

A SCEPTRE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

IS THE SCEPTRE OF THY KINGDOM.

THOU HAST LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND HATED INIQUITY; THEREFORE GOD, EVEN THY GOD,

HATH ANOINTED THEE WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS

ABOVE THY FELLOWS.”

Hebrews 1:1-3,8,9

The Man’s appearance. John’s vision of the glory of Christ.

“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying,

I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last…

And I turned to see the voice that spake with me…

one like unto the Son of man,

clothed with a garment down to the foot,

and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow;

and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace;

and his voice as the sound of many waters.

And he had in his right hand seven stars:

and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword:

and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”

Taken from Revelation 1:10-16.

John’s Response:

“And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead…”

Revelation 1:17.

Our Response to the Vision of the Glory of the Man:

God has given us the revelation of His glory in the person of Jesus Christ. We have the Father’s witness, the witness of the prophets, Christ’s own witness, and the witness of the Holy Spirit.

“Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them,

Behold the man…”John 19:5.

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; That at the name of Jesus

  • every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
  • And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
  • to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

“Saying with a loud voice,

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain

to receive power, and riches,

and wisdom, and strength,

and honour, and glory, and blessing.”

Revelation 5:12.

Final thought:

What is your response as you “behold the man” in Ezekiel’s vision? Your answer makes a difference in how you see the world and how you live your life.

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