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Monday, January 31, 2011

There Are No Words

Worthy art thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things and because of Thy will they existed, and were created. Revelation 4:11 (New American Standard Bible)

Consider what the scene in heaven must have looked like as the resurrected Christ moved from earth and entered the Celestial City where He took His seat of honor at the right hand of His Father. There are approximately 989,000 words in the English language and not one adequately describes fully the majesty and glory of Christ at this moment in His resurrected and glorified Being. The astounding beauty and holiness of Jesus Christ are beyond any kind of noun or adjective in any language.

There have been many attempts to satisfactorily express what the heavenly scene must look like. It is hardly people floating on clouds plucking on their harps. The book of Revelation gives us tantalizing foretastes of both what heaven and the majesty and glory of God are like. But these are mere words almost akin to explaining the color red to a blind person. How can such a thing be described? John tried to relate it in his eyewitness account but he could only describe the infinite in finite terms. The glory he was witness to was beyond explanation yet it was as real as the ground you are standing on.

We may not be able to define exactly what the Throne of God looks like but we do know that the Lamb of God is fully worthy to be seated there. He was the King of Glory from eternity past, then as the God/Man He walked among us as complete Deity being called the Son of Man and the King of the Jews. After His resurrection He returned to His unveiled fullness with a splendor that outshines the sun holding power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor and glory. He is ultimate holiness with ultimate rule and authority in His hand now and forevermore. While words do not fully describe Him now when we see Him as He is in that future day a picture will be worth a million words. Suffice it to say what we can imagine now falls dreadfully short of the reality He is. Jude in his epistle summed it up in words that also fall short of the full grandeur and splendor of Christ the King but still ring true; “to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”