There is a lot going on right in our country’s military concerning the war in Afghanistan. Recently, four star general Stanley McChrystal recently resigned his command in Afghanistan. I don’t know your feelings on the subject, but from what I’ve heard about his troops they aren’t very happy about it. From what I’ve read General McChrystal was a warrior general. He didn’t hang out in the air-conditioned areas of their command outpost unless it was absolutely necessary. General McChrystal was on the ground with his troops. It wasn’t uncommon to find him in the trenches right next to his soldiers who fought so hard for our country.
That’s the kind of Savior we have. That’s the kind of Warrior King we have in Jesus Christ. I hate the portrayals of Jesus with glassy eyes, long brown dirty blonde hair, and a shepherd’s staff. I think those pictures don’t capture who Jesus really was. I want to see a picture hanging in a church that looks like Revelation 19 – Warrior Jesus.
Revelation 19 – Warrior Jesus (Bold Italics are my emphasis)
 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! – He’s the good guy
The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. – He’s not coming for a tea party
 His eyes are like a flame of fire, – I remember when I would get in trouble the look in my dad’s eyes. Do you remember that? Jesus’ eyes aren’t just intense looking. They resemble fire. His eyes are ferocious.
and on his head are many diadems, – diadems are crowns. So Jesus is wearing many crowns on His head. I don’t know if these are stacked, spread around his head or what, but it’s showing that He is the King of every kingdom and the ruler of EVERY domain.
and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. – Jesus has a codename. He has this name and nobody knows it but Him.
 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, – A robe dipped in blood isn’t like the tip of the robe is dipped in blood. This is the ENTIRE robe is dipped in blood. He’s serious and scary.
STOP – so are you getting the picture. He’s on a white horse, He’s intense, His eyes are raging, He’s ruler of everything, He’s got a codename and the robe He’s wearing is drenched in blood. That’s a pretty intimidating figure, huh? Doesn’t seem glassy-eyed and weak, does he? Let’s go on.
and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.  And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. – In Isaiah 6 one of these angels calls from one end of Heaven to the other and when this angel calls the entire threshold of Heaven shakes. That’s just one angel. Jesus isn’t coming by himself. He’s coming with an army of enormous angels behind Him. He’s leading the charge. He isn’t just loved by his troops, He stands in front of His troops taking them to battle.
 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, – He’s coming with a weapon. The weapon is in His mouth. The weapon is there to destroy those nations that rage against Him. He is a warrior with power and might.
and he will rule them with a rod of iron. – Jesus is going to rule over the nations with a rod of power. He’s the one in control. Nobody else gets His power.
He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. – This is a way of saying that Jesus is going to exact the revenge due.
 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. - Jesus has a name written on his blood soaked robe and on His thigh. The word for thigh there is the actual anatomical thigh. So, that’s right, Jesus has a tattoo on his thigh.
He doesn’t really look like those weird pictures does He? He doesn’t really look like a weak guy. He looks powerful and scary. There’s something else though. He’s a warrior, but He’s a warrior for those who would trust in Him.
 But the LORD is with me as a dread warrior;
therefore my persecutors will stumble;
they will not overcome me.
They will be greatly shamed,
for they will not succeed.
Their eternal dishonor
will never be forgotten.
(Jeremiah 20:11 ESV)
Warrior Jesus is fighting for those who trust in Him. He is fighting to setup His Kingdom where we have a part. Warrior Jesus is a dread warrior for you. He can overcome. He can fight. He can win! Through Him, you can win.
- What was your perception of Jesus before reading Revelation 19? What is it now?
- When you think of Jesus now, how should you think of Him?
- Where do you need a warrior in your life? What battles need to be won?
Christ is all,