“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
The message of the world in which we live is not generally seen as one which either proclaims or honours Jesus Christ. His name is often used as an exclamation, His teachings ignored and His followers seen as irrelevant. John Stott commented that “it seems to me that our greatest need today is an enlarged vision of Jesus Christ.”
The above verses are a great encouragement for all the followers of Jesus who share Stott’s concern. They remind us that there will indeed come a day when far from either crucifying or ignoring Jesus the entire world will indeed bend the knee to Him and acknowledge that He is the Lord Almighty. In fact the world will be terrified at His appearance in all His glory. John painted the picture like this
“Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” (Revelation 6:15-17)
No matter how great our personal vision of the Lord Jesus may be it will still fall far short of the reality of His glory and majesty. We may be horrified to discover too just how much the attitude to Him of those around us has watered down our own perspective. We should instead be seeking to see the Lord through the eyes of the Spirit – not the dark glasses of the world!
This Lord Jesus is the One
- Who was with God in the beginning (John 1:2)
- Through Whom all things were made (John 1:3)
- Who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood (Rev 1:5)
- Who even the wind and waves obey (Mark 4:41)
When His people see Him as He really is we will find in Him a Beauty that is breath-taking, a Holiness that is blinding, a Majesty that is over-powering, a Glory that is stunning, a Life that is exhilarating and a Love that makes us weep in joyous wonder. And we will never ever want to take our eyes off Him for even a moment.
“Holy, Holy, Holy
is the Lord God Almighty
who was, and is, and is to come”
The Bible is all about Jesus – from the beginning to the end. Let it reveal Him as you read it.
Lord God help me to read Your Scriptures not just for what they tell me but for Who they reveal to me. Amen.