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December 26 Today’s Reading: Revelation 4-7
"Worthy is The Lamb!"
God our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, and he alone is worthy of honor, worship, praise, love, trust, and glory. I have read it in God's Book; I have heard it in the preaching of the gospel; and I have experienced it in my soul. — “Worthy is the Lamb!” The apostle Paul said, “This man was counted worthy of more glory.” The angels are not worthy, but Christ is. No man is worthy, but Christ is. The church is not worthy, but Christ is. The preacher is not worthy, but Christ is. In heaven, all the saints and angels unite in this glorious eternal song — “Worthy is the Lamb!”
Christ is worthy of all honor, because he is the divine Creator (Revelation 4:11). In heaven, everyone delights to worship Jesus Christ as God. And if ever a man gets to glory, he will have to worship Jesus Christ upon the earth as God the eternal Son, the Creator of all things. He created the world in the beginning by infinite power. He creates men anew by sovereign power. And he creates all the events of providence according to his own wise decree. In the end, all things will prove to be for his pleasure, his honor, and his glory (Proverbs 16:4).
Christ is worthy of all worship, because he is our merciful redeemer (Revelation 5:9-10). The triune Jehovah, “who first trusted in Christ” (Ephesians 1:12), counted him worthy to be the Substitute, Surety, and Redeemer of his people, committing the salvation of our souls into his hands as “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” His righteousness is worthy to clothe us. His sufferings are worthy to satisfy divine justice for us. His blood is worthy to make us clean. His power is worthy to preserve us. His love is worthy to win our hearts. Christ proved himself worthy. As the Lion of Judah, he prevailed with God. As the Lamb of God, he redeemed us to God, making us a generation of priests and kings. And now, with our hearts, we say Christ is worthy! He is worthy of our implicit faith, worthy of our steadfast obedience, worthy of our unwavering love, and worthy of our hearts’ utter devotion and humble worship!
Christ is worthy of eternal praise, because he is God’s exalted King (Revelation 5:11-14). As God’s exalted King, every creature of God in heaven, in the earth, and under the earth shall say, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain!” In the end, in “the times of the restitution of all things,” all that is, has been, and shall hereafter be shall say with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.”