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Having been raised to life, he is the only one worthy enough to take the throne, to receive glory and honor and power forevermore.

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Read Revelation 4:1-11

Look what happens when the door to heaven is finally open and God gives us a glimpse inside. In this vision, God invites John to come and see the throne room of heaven, and what he sees is other-worldly. An iridescent throne flashing in a kaleidoscope of color. He experiences the rumbles of thunder and the warmth of blazing torches, while observing the most beautiful, crystal clear water unmoved, completely at rest. Then, looking a little closer, John sees strange but familiar creatures all proclaiming the holiness and infinite characteristics of God to a mysterious “him – who sits on the throne.”

When John wakes up, he must have been immensely curious – wondering about the throne and the creatures and the words uttered on endless repeat. But especially about the “one – seated on the throne” (Revelation 4:2). Later in the same book, John mentions another vision of the throne. This time, he sees a Lamb standing between the creatures and the throne (Revelation 5:6). The Lamb reappears at the end of Revelation too, but this time on the throne (Revelation 22:3). All the creatures – the lion, the ox, the eagle, the man, the elders with their crowns – will bow down to the Lamb who sits on the throne and proclaim him to be the holy and infinite God.

Hebrews 1:3 describes Jesus as the mysterious one – seated on the throne. It says, “after making purification for sins, [Jesus] sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Jesus Christ became the lamb – sacrificed for the purification of sins. His death was the acceptable substitutionary punishment for sin because he was the only one divine enough to accomplish it and human enough for it to work. Now, having been raised to life, he is the only one worthy enough to take the throne, to receive glory and honor and power forevermore. God has heard our cry. Jesus has taken his throne. Victory has been won. The lamb is seated. It is finished.

Join in the chorus of heavenly hosts and worship aloud, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come! Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

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By Yvonne Biel 

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