|John’s reaction is
perfectly human. Having walked with
the Lord on this earth, knowing him as intimately as I could possibly imagine
(and more, I suspect), when confronted with the Ancient of Days he falls flat
on his face. It’s the usual reaction!
|• (Dan 10:8 NIV) So I was left alone, gazing at this great
vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was
|• (Ezek 1:28
NIV) Like the appearance of a rainbow
in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the
appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell
facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.
|• (Luke 5:8 NIV) When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at
Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!"
|(said just before
Jesus called him as a fisher of men!)
|But Christ comforts
him. (Have you ever noticed how often
the angel says, “fear not?”) He
announces himself -- as if there could have been any doubt in John’s mind. The titles are interesting, for the titles
in the first chapter will be repeated in the letters to the church -- another
example of the tight composition and artistic unity of the entire letter.