The Glorious King: Dec. 24
John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”Vision of the Son of Man I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying,“Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw iseven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. Revelation 1:4-16
Let us glimpse the end from the beginning. In celebrating the child in the manger, let us anticipate the King in His resurrection power. The eternal glory of our Lord is beyond all human comprehension. The Revelation picture of Him communicates absolute wisdom—there is nothing outside of His gaze or His knowledge. It communicates absolute power—there is no enemy that will not be subdued, including sin, Satan, and death. And this King has a particular people on His heart—His church, His precious bride.
We are not forgotten by Him, but rather always at the center of His gaze. His wisdom and power and love are directed toward us—guaranteeing our perseverance and our protection from the evil one.
Christmas Day is a day for worship, a day for exultation, a day for anticipating heaven.
Glory to the newborn King—the King who even now reigns in glory forever. Glory to the Risen King—whose beauty and majesty will overwhelm our senses and give us, for the first time, complete and unblemished joy. The sight of Him will change us to make us like Him and we will gladly live next to Him forever. We will be studying Him and learning of Him and enjoying Him until our souls are saturated with the glory of it all, and we will overflow in mind-exploding, heart-thrilling worship.
Here we are to worship.
Here we are to bow down.
Here we are to say that You are our God.
Let us adore Him! Come soon, Lord Jesus!