“In His right hand He held seven stars, and from His mouth there came forth a sharp two-edged sword, and His face was like the sun shining in full power at midday. When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as if dead. But He laid His right hand on me and said, Do not be afraid! I am the First and the Last,” Revelation 1:16-17 ->me: I can say a lot about the sharp double-edged sword from the mouth of Jesus and the brilliance (strength) of the light of His face but today my focus was drawn to “In His right hand He held seven stars (the messengers of the seven churches)” and “He laid His right hand on me and said, ‘Don’t be afraid'”. Here Jesus holds the 7 stars representing the messengers…who by the way get some strong criticisms urged against some of them in the next couple of chapters -> They have their defects, but the Strong Son of God has not abandoned them. Rather He holds them still in His hand. Thank you God for this image! Even though I am such an idiot sometimes you still hold me still in your hand; a place nothing can be picked from. Then, with the same hand, He comforts John who has fallen down at Jesus’ feet out of the physical effects of the tremendous vision…so, not only can Jesus hold the entire church in His hand, but at the same time and with same hand He takes action for the needs of the individual. Both truths are important. God is never too busy to come to my side, lay his right hand (favor and protection) on me and comfort me.