22nd April 2019

Pure Dead Brilliant!

“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!And I hold the keys of death and Hades.’”
Revelation 1:17-18 (NIV)

If you are flying into Prestwick Airport in Scotland, you cannot miss the words ‘Pure dead brilliant’ emblazoned across the roofs of the terminal buildings. The vernacular phrase is extremely popular in Scotland and typifies the enthusiasm and gusto for life that many Scots have. Contextually it is used to express absolute pleasure and joy – the adjective ‘dead’ meaning total and complete. However, in its literal sense the word dead connotes decay and degeneration – the ultimate common destiny as given in Ecclesiastes 9:2.

Many have wondered about Jesus Christ’s appearance when He was here on earth, but most Christians concede that what He said and did was, and is, far more important than His physical appearance. I want to consider what He looks like now as He sits beside His Father. In the apostle John’s vision, he saw what Jesus now looks like in Revelation 1:13-16: “and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.”

In Acts 9:3-5 on the road to Damascus, Jesus was a ‘strong light from heaven’ to Saul. In Acts 7:55-56 Stephen looked up and saw Jesus in His glory. Our Saviour who was dead, is now very much alive and brilliant, sitting at the right hand of His Father. His power and might are as infinite as His love for us. We have no need to fear, but we should marvel and praise the One who suffered, died and rose again that we might have eternal life.

He is ‘Pure, Alive and Brilliant’! Thanks be to God!

Heavenly Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we praise and worship you for how totally brilliant you are in every sense. Thank you for your love and mercy toward us, your children. Your glory is everlasting as will be our praise.

Study by Irene Wilson


About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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