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13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man,- Revelation 1:13a

Up to this point, John had only noticed the seven golden lampstands. But now he realizes there is an important person standing there in the midst of the seven lampstands! The Greek word for "in the midst of the seven lampstands" is mesos, meaning "middle" or "among."

John wasn't sure about who this person was at this point in the vision, but He would soon realize that it is the Lord Jesus Himself. How appropriate for Him to be right in the middle of His Church! He promised it would be so:

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. - Matthew 28:18-20

The Apostle Paul expressed just how close Jesus is to those who believe in Him:

20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. - Galatians 2:20

If we were in John's shoes, we would have had the same difficulty recognizing Jesus here because he appeared very different from the gentle Savior John had known so well. However, he did see a resemblance to Christ because he described Him as one like the Son of Man (Greek: houios anthropos). The Gospels call Jesus "the Son of God" in many places, but He is also "The Son of Man." In fact, this was Jesus' favorite title for Himself, and He used it often (Matthew 8:20; 12:40; 24:27; Mark 10:45; Luke 6:5; John 3:13-14, etc - about 80 times!).

Why was His humanity so important? It comes from an Old Testament concept of the "Kinsman-Redeemer." The law had provided that a close relative could pay for the debt of a family member to release him from slavery (Leviticus 25:48, 49). This was the theme of the beautiful and romantic book of Ruth, where Boaz became Ruth's redeemer (Ruth 3:9-14). Thus it was thought that Messiah would redeem believers.

In Philippians, Paul explained the awesome reality of Jesus becoming man to die for our sins!

5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. - Philippians 2:5-8

In Romans he explained why Jesus had to be a man in order to pay for man's sin. Adam's sin corrupted the human race and passed on to each person a propensity to do evil. The Apostle had already established this sad fact where he wrote,

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. - Romans 3:23

Then he gave the good news:

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8

Finally he showed that since sin was a failure of mankind, a righteous human being would need to pay the price.

18 Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous. - Romans 5:18-19

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