Revelation 4:11 "Seated On The Throne" (Creation - Week 2)

“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.” ESV

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” NIV

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This week's verse takes us to the throne room of heaven. One day you and I will gather before the King of the universe — the one who created all things. Here in Revelation chapter four, we get a picture of what it will be like. 

John describes a throne with heavenly creatures gathered around it. This is simply a foretaste of the glorious moment when people from every tribe, tongue, and nation will gather around the throne to worship Jesus. This verse also gives us a taste of something presently true — Jesus is on the throne. Have you ever thought about the fact that right now, Jesus of Nazareth, the second person of the Trinity, is ruling over the universe? Rankin Wilbourne writes, "A certain man, of a certain height and weight, now sits on the throne over the whole cosmos." [1]  

However, Jesus is not merely reigning over all creation but also building and creating a church. A people called out of the world to represent him in the world. He is physically present on the throne and in our midst through the Spirit. He is building his church and sustaining the world at this very moment. Today as you ride the bus, stand in line, sit in class, or sip your coffee, Jesus is present with you and directing the events of the entire cosmos. It's difficult to grasp that kind of power. People have observed that the universe seems vastly disproportionate to man's needs. This is one of the reasons scientists believe life could exist outside our planet. But what if the universe is so vast because it’s designed not simply to sustain life but to declare the glory of God?  

If the universe is merely a living space for humanity, then it is far more extensive than necessary. If, however, the point of the universe and all of creation is to declare the glory of the one who both made it and sustains it, then the universe is just the right size. [2] No wonder the song that the angels sing is worthy. When you see the power of God over creation and the glory he deserves, "worthy" is the only response that makes sense. 

So remember, today, Jesus is on the throne. He doesn't hypothetically rule over the universe. He rules in practical ways that impact every part of your life. He’s a kind king with ultimate power. He created all things and is personally sustaining them right now. Your life and circumstances fall within the scope of his kingdom and reign. Therefore, if you are in Christ, you have nothing to fear. The King of all creation calls you friend. That’s a powerful truth. Let it encourage and carry you through the busyness of your day. 

Written By: Nick Harsh
Nick Harsh (MDiv, Clarks Summit University) is a ministry leader with The Salt Company, a ministry of Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa. While publishing regularly at nickharsh.com, his writing has also been featured at The Gospel Coalition, For the Church, and Relevant Magazine.
Website: nickharsh.com

 

[1] Wilbourne, Rankin.Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God.Kindle Edition (Colorado Springs: CO, Tyndale House Publishers. 2001), Loc. 2400[2]
[2} John Piper, Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnpiper/status/585789778890743809?lang=en

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