By J.A. Medders
I love when it’s my birthday, but I don’t love when it’s time for everyone to stare at me and sing. What am I supposed to do? Sit there and soak in the awkwardness? Make a joke? Sing along? That small moment of super-concentrated attention is just too much. It’s odd to have everyone focused on you and singing to you, about you, for you. But it’s not odd for Jesus.
The angels and elders singing to Jesus, about Jesus, and for the glory of Jesus is exactly what Jesus deserves. This moment in Revelation isn’t too big for Him; He is worthy of it and so much more.
The apostle John sees what we need to see and believe again and again: Jesus is worthy of all praise, glory, honor, blessing, and power. He is worthy of it all, and He deserves it from all people. Many people are fine saying that Jesus is worthy of affirmation and honor, on the same level as other religious teachers. Revelation 4–5 says otherwise. Jesus is worthy to reign over the universe, bring history to its conclusion, and usher in the new heavens and the new earth. He is worthy of all that is worthy of God.
And there’s more we need to see here.
Jesus is worthy of receiving glory, praise, and honor from us, brothers. Right now. Today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life on into eternity. Jesus is worthy. Give Him praise. He was slaughtered for your sins, rose in victory, and loves you relentlessly. Anything you detect in your life that is dishonoring to Christ, repent of it today. Turn from it. Relent and give honor to Christ.
We may believe that Jesus is worthy, but do we live like we know it is true? All hail the Lamb who takes away our sin!
Written by J.A. Medders