Lent Day 39 - He Is Glorious

'Then I saw in the right hand of the One seated on the throne a scroll with writing on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. I also saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals? ” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or even to look in it. And I cried and cried because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or even to look in it. Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop crying. Look! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has been victorious so that He may open the scroll and its seven seals.” Then I saw One like a slaughtered lamb standing between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent into all the earth. He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of the One seated on the throne. When He took the scroll, the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because You were slaughtered, and You redeemed people for God by Your blood from every tribe and language and people and nation. You made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they will reign on the earth. Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels around the throne, and also of the living creatures and of the elders. Their number was countless thousands, plus thousands of thousands. They said with a loud voice: The Lamb who was slaughtered is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing! I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them say: Blessing and honor and glory and dominion to the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever! The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.' - Revelation 5:1-14

When all is said and done, Jesus will be glorified. This is the truth. God is ultimately about His glory and everything that happens is for Him. And, in case we forget, HE IS WORTHY!

“Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” – Matthew 24:30-31

The Bible tells us that one day Jesus will return to the earth. Those who have decided to trust in Him will be saved for eternity. Until then, we strive each and every day with the Spirit's power to love and serve others as Christ did. We work to share the good news of Jesus with others because there are many more people that need to hear about Him. We seek to glorify God in everything we do because He has called us as His disciples and adopted us as His children.

When Jesus returns, sin and death will be no more and Satan will be defeated! Our bodies will be made new along with all of creation. Everything will be perfect again and we will be with God forever.

Yes, we will be held accountable for our actions here on earth, but not condemned. Yes, we will give an account for our lives, but we will be happy to do so because we will want to lay everything at the feet of Jesus. When this happens, we see our sin with even greater clarity, but we will also see just how glorious He is.

My prayer for you as you have read through these devotionals over the past 39 days is that Jesus would be increasingly central to your life. The Bible shows us the great and true story of God's redemption and rescue. Everything in it points to the awesomeness of Jesus and what He has done for us.

Father, I pray that as we wake up each morning, we consider the cross. That we would think about Christ and what He has done for us. That we recognize our sinfulness and desperate need for a Savior. I pray that we would also know that because of Jesus we are fully forgiven now and forever. And, that as His children we are empowered and called to do ministry in Jesus' name. I pray that we invest ourselves in spreading the Gospel to every man, woman, and child through demonstrating and declaring the good news about Jesus as we anticipate the day of Christ’s return.