S (Scripture): Revelation 1:16 He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His face shone like the sun shining at full strength.
O (Observation): The “son of man”(Jesus) speaking to John of Patmos is some sort of magnificent image. The item of note is the sword coming out of Jesus’ mouth.
A sword can bring about death or protection. This particular sword comes from Jesus’s mouth, giving it a particular meaning. What comes from the mouth? Words! Jesus’ words can bring correction and protection.
A (Application): I am amazed that throughout Scripture, God’s words have such weighty power.
God speaks creation into existence. God breathes life into Adam. God speaks authority into Moses at the burning Bush. God claims Jesus as his son at Jesus’ baptism, which kicks off Jesus’ ministry.
Jesus also speaks and heals: “Take up your mat and walk.” Jesus calls out demons to exorcise them from the frail bodily vessels they invade. Another word that cuts: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Given the image of the son of man with a sword coming from his mouth, I am hopeful.
I am hopeful that refugees will be welcomed and that even if we are struck with an attack, that we would know that ultimate control does not come from terrorists, but from the one who would save us for all eternity – Jesus Christ.
My life is not my own. My protection comes from the one who is Life, from the one who wields power with words.
P (Prayer): Lord, calm our nerves. Help us to see that Life in you – not terror or gov’t security – rules our lives. Amen.