>Here we are. Sitting on earth and going from day to day. Most of you are probably thinking, “well yeah and?” but do we realize how extraordinary that really is? Let me put it in a way I heard while at a recent conference. Basically, we are sitting on a ball of fire, that is covered in water mind you, spinning round and round at, oh, a measly 1000 mph and if that’s not enough, we also happen to be hurling around space at the precise distance from the sun so that we don’t freeze or fry. Oh, did I mention that we were circling the sun at around 67000 mph? And we think that its NOTHING?!
The plain and simple truth is that we rarely take a moment and actually consider WHO God is. He told Moses, “I am who I am.” Or in other words, in the beginning, God. At the end of all days, God. He is the alpha and omega, beginning and end. Creator and Father of all. Period. You can not say that God is whoever you want him to be…it does not work like that. God was defined before the day we came into existence. And that God of all is HOLY. He is beyond our definitions or comprehension. And what is amazing is the menial attempts we as humans make to make God like us.
Revelations is one of the few examples of where God shows himself to someone. In the Old Testament he tells the Israelite people that if anyone were to see his face, they would surely die. That is a high and holy God if you ask me. But John gets the chance by his spirit somehow making the journey (since his body can not and live to tell about it) and Revelations 4 describes the throne room of God.
After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne. 4Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. 5From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. 6Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. 7The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. 8Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
Here are these terrifying beings who not only have heads of all these animals, and 6 wings each, but they have eyes all over their bodies and all they can think of is crying out, “HOLY HOLY HOLY” to God! Have you ever stopped when you were praying to actually think about who you were talking to? We “pray” and we say that we live “holy lives” but if this God of the universe (whose train fills the temple, let alone himself) and whose very presence causes creatures, that would scare the living daylights out of us, to fall before him and worship. We may not always like the way things turn out, but it is very clear that this is God’s universe. Jay Vernon McGee once said it like this: “This is God’s universe and he does things his way. You may have a better way, but you don’t have a universe.” Profound and straight to the point. And this high and mighty God created us and despite it all, HE LOVES US. Romans 5:8 tells us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. It is made clear that if God wanted to, he could easily destroy the universe and everything in it. But instead, he wants us to know HOW MUCH he loves each and every person he had created. We as humans understand the concept of being held accountable for our actions, hence why lawyers make so much money. But as we walk and breathe, we also sin. We say a bad word, we hit our siblings in anger, we steal time from work by cutting out early or by using down time as personal time. There are endless sins and we fall each and everyday. For God, someone had to be held accountable but He loves us so much that he sent His only son to pay for our sin. With each drop of blood that fell from Jesus’ body, we were atoned. This almighty creature, who causes all beings in his presence to fall into worship wants to love us. Deuteronomy 6:5 tells us the same thing Jesus later said in Matthew, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” 1 John 3:16 said that by this we know love. We know what love is because of the sacrifice that God made for us. We know that we, as Christians, are called to have full faith…not just halfway. And in the same way, by living this, the world will know love and who God is. May this be our prayer.