Our Glorious Lord Jesus Christ, Worthy Of All Worship
By Rich Carmicheal
Dear friends, what great joy it is to focus special attention in this issue upon the supremacy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! He is worthy "to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise" (Rev. 5:12)! Consider just some of the expressions of worship toward Him and/or on behalf of Him in His Word:
At the time of His birth, an angel of the Lord appeared to shepherds near Bethlehem and declared, "…I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:8-11). Then "suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests’" (Luke 2:13-14). When the shepherds went to Bethlehem and saw the baby lying in the manger, they "spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child" and they glorified and praised God for all they had heard and seen (Luke 2:16-17, 20).
Simeon took the baby Jesus into his arms and praised God saying, "…my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to Your people Israel" (Luke 2:28-32).
Anna, the prophetess, when she saw the child in the temple "gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem" (Luke 2:36-38).
Magi traveled from the east to see the one who was born king of the Jews, and when they saw the child, "they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh" (Matt. 2:1-2,11).
John the Baptist confessed to others that he was not fit to untie Christ’s sandals (Mark 1:7). When he saw Jesus coming to him to be baptized, he exclaimed, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me’" (John 1:29-30). He also offered praise for the Lord as he shared, "…The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less" (John 3:29-30).
When Nathanael met Jesus, he declared, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel." Jesus then promised him further revelation: "…you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man" (John 1:49-51).
When Jesus calmed the storm, the disciples were amazed at Him and asked, "What kind of a man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him" (Matt. 8:27)! After seeing Him walk on the water, the disciples "worshiped Him, saying, ‘Truly You are the Son of God’" (Matt. 14:33). When many followers began to desert Jesus, the Twelve did not leave but declared, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that You are the Holy One of God" (John 6:66-69).
When Jesus raised a widow’s son, the crowd was "…filled with awe and praised God. ‘A great prophet has appeared among us,’ they said. ‘God has come to help His people’" (Luke 7:11-16).
A woman who had lived a sinful life wet his feet with her tears, wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them (Luke 7:38).
A leper Jesus healed came to Him, praising God in a loud voice. "He threw Himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him…" (Luke 17:15-16).
In response to Jesus, Zacchaeus gave away half of his possessions and promised to pay back four times the amount to anyone he had cheated (Luke 19:8).
During His entry into Jerusalem on the final week, a very large crowd welcomed Jesus with shouts of praise: "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest" (Matt. 21:8-9)!
A woman with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume came to Him and poured the perfume on His head as He was reclining at the table (Matt. 26:7).
A thief crucified with Jesus testified of Him, "…this man has done nothing wrong" and then he asked, "Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom" (Luke 23:41-42).
After the Resurrection, Mary Magdalene and Mary "came to Him, clasped His feet and worshiped Him" (Matt. 28:9).
At Jesus’ Ascension, His disciples "…worshiped Him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy" (Luke 24:52).
Thomas, upon seeing Christ after the Resurrection, exclaimed, "My Lord and my God" (John 20:28)!
Of course, the picture of Christ’s glory in the Gospels is, for the most part, a picture of veiled glory. During His life upon the earth, Jesus had "made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness…" (Phil. 2:7). The Gospels do, however, give us glimpses into His greater glory. For example, at the Transfiguration, as Jesus "was praying, the appearance of His face changed, and His clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about His departure, which He was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men standing with Him. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to Him, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here....’ While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to Him’" (Luke 9:29-35).
From the Book of Revelation we learn that the Apostle John, though he had enjoyed a very close relationship with Jesus during His life on earth, was overwhelmed when he saw Christ in all His glory and he fell at Christ’s feet as though dead (Rev. 1:12-18). John went on to see and describe scenes in heaven further revealing Christ’s glory. For example, he saw four living creatures and twenty-four elders fall down in worship before the Lamb. These were joined by "many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: ‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise" (Rev. 5:11-12)! Then John heard "every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: ‘To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever’" (Rev. 5:13)!
Later John saw this glorious vision of Jesus: "…before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True…His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns…He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following Him…Out of His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations…He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords…" (Rev. 19:11-16).
Likewise, the Apostle Paul writes that Jesus will be "revealed from heaven in blazing fire with His powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel…" (2 Thess. 1:7-8). He will come "to be glorified in His holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed" (2 Thess. 1:10).
Paul also reminds us that Christ "is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy…" (Col. 1:17-18).
Christ is worthy of all our worship! God has exalted Him to the highest place and given Him the name that is above every name (Phil. 2:9). Oh that we might fix our eyes and hearts more fully on Him, deepen our love for Him, renew our commitment to follow and serve Him, and make ready for His return. As Christ says, "Yes, I am coming soon" (Rev. 22:20)!
The Herald Is In The New Home!
We are blessed to report to you that on November 17, the Herald staff and a wonderful crew of volunteers moved the Herald office into its new home! Although the new office is smaller than the previous one and in a more modest setting, the condition of the building is very good and the expenses associated with the building will be considerably less. The building is already providing a wonderful place for Herald staff and volunteers to work. Please join us in continuing to praise the Lord for this building and for the savings that will help this ministry continue to send forth gospel literature!
May We Hear From You?
How good it is to join with you through the ministry of Herald of His Coming to lift up the Name and the cause of Christ. Special thanks to all of you who offer support through your prayers, financial gifts and other forms of encouragement.
Although the Herald office has moved into a different building, the mailing address for the ministry remains the same. You may continue to write to:
Herald of His Coming
P.O. Box 279
Seelyville IN 47878