9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”
10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
In Tuesday’s devotion this week, we heard from Paul about who Jesus is. Here in Revelation 19, we get to hear, by way of John’s God-given revelation, from an actual angel about who Jesus is. It’s incredible! Here in this passage, we get to listen in on a heavenly conversation that shows both one way God inspired Scripture to be written (9) and right perspective about who angels are and who Jesus is (10).
It’s worth noting that angels are so magnificent that even John the apostle momentarily thought it was appropriate to worship one (10). John was not your average, oft-confused Christian. He was one of Jesus’ closest friends during His earthly ministry and was so faithful in preaching the gospel after Jesus ascended into heaven that he was exiled on the island of Patmos in a Roman prison. John didn’t omit this part of the story, though, in embarrassment that he had almost misplaced his worship. Instead, he included it to allow us the testimony of an angel that Jesus is infinitely superior.
In saying, “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy,” the angel acknowledged that Jesus is God Himself. God only gave revelations to His prophets through His Spirit (i.e. 2 Sam. 23:2; John 15:26). Peter identified those revelations as empowered by Jesus (1 Pet. 1:10-12). He is not only God’s Son, like we might refer to believers as sons and daughters of God. Jesus is uniquely the Son of God in the sense that He is God Himself! That’s why angels worship Jesus. They are servants of God; Jesus is God (Heb. 1:7-9).
Does Jesus hold the same place in your heart as God? When you read Scripture about God in the Old Testament, do you recognize that it also applies to Jesus? When you pray to God, are you also acknowledging Jesus? When you fall on your knees in worship, are you worshiping Jesus?
• The angel corrected John’s error in worship, and John responded rightly (Rev. 19:11). What corrections do you need to make in your worship so that Jesus receives all of it?
• Angels are of God. Why, then, is it wrong to worship them?
• Thank God for His lovingkindness and grace when we mistakenly give our worship to another. Confess your own tendency to do that. Acknowledge that Jesus is God and worthy of all your worship. Ask Him to show you what that means in your daily life.