" I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify
Scriptures: Revelation 22:16-17
Many times a person can be described in one word. We think of Christopher Columbus, we say discoverer. We think of Thomas Edison, we say inventor. We think of George Washington, we think president. The Bible describes Jesus very uniquely, it calls us Him: The Good Shepherd and the lamb, High Priest and the sacrifice, stern and yet gentle, King of Kings and also a servant. Today we read in Revelation 22 that it describes Jesus as "the root and the bright and morning star," two objects that are very different.
Jesus is local and also universal. A root stays for the most part in one location, it is not seen unless it's unearthed. A star can be seen from around the world, it is there in the sky but you must look for it. Jesus is working here with us locally and His power extends to the ends of the earth. He is working within us, while meeting the needs of all mankind.
Jesus is hidden and yet revealed. Roots are hidden; they do their work in the soil. The deeper the roots go the stronger the tree that results. As humans we cannot fully understand all that He is and all that He does for us, yet when we allow Him to work within us we become the best versions of ourselves. Stars are revealed as they shine bright in the sky. They are hidden mysteries to God's grace, mercy and forgiveness. Jesus was revealed, the Bible tells us "we beheld His glory." Jesus was the revealed nature and personality of God.
Jesus was here on earth temporarily and yet He wants us to be with Him for eternity. He came to this earth temporarily to save us: He blossomed for a purpose. His grace still shines down on us, like a star His mercy endures forever. His desire is to spend eternity together.
So what about us? We can attend a local church, and yet we have a universal impact! The Holy Spirit is working within us: buried deep in our hearts and souls, He is revealed by our actions, words and appearance. This natural body is temporary, but the real you will live forever. So how can one word describe the life of a Christian? It cannot! You are important locally and universally. Your faith is personal and also public. You are in this world, but not of this world! Do not let the world define you with one word!