While I don’t want to jump past the importance of Good Friday and the incredulously wonderful promises of the Resurrection morning brought to the world, I have a lot of thoughts in my mind as I also think about the events which happened Monday in Paris, France.
The song Is He Worthy has been around for a little over a year but only within the past few months have I really pondered just what the lyrics describe, and what the Scriptures mean for all of us.
Reading the Book of Revelation isn’t easy, not just the prophetic content, but the fact that there will be a time when this world will truly reflect the evil of a world without Christ. It’s not something we like to think about, except for when Jesus comes back and makes things right again. The lyrics and song describes the sealed scroll in Revelation 5, that the angel asks John if there is anyone who can open it, then Scripture tells us, And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
What is this book? From reading different sources, it’s said to be the book of God. His plans from even before the foundation of the world was spoken into existence. It’s His whole design, plans and accounts. In contemplating John’s tears when no one is found worthy to open it~ without anyone being able to open it, the final promises made couldn’t be completed. There’d be no binding and punishment for the enemy- the thorn that has inflicted so much pain on humanity and the world, no avenging the blood of the saints of the Lord, and no promise of eternal life for those found to be made justified- had there been no redeemer. I can’t and don’t even want to imagine that!
Thank God for Jesus! The Lamb who was slain, is worthy to take the scroll from the Right Hand of God, and open it, rendering the rest of God’s plans to be fulfilled. Wrong made right again through His Holy Love, His priceless Sacrifice and His precious Mercy… and in His Worthiness, His Righteous Rule.
Yes, we see the things going on in the broken world, and the shadows are getting darker… but the Light is ready to break the seals and eventually shine His Glory in the new Heaven and New Earth. His work, blood and sacrifice on the Cross, and His victory over sin and death were planned before the world was created, and was carried out a little over 2000 years ago- which made Him worthy to open the scroll and set the rest of God’s plans into being.
Which brings me to the fire at Notre Dame…
As of the writing of this article, I don’t know how badly the cathedral is damaged. Early photos taken once most of the fire was out, the inside except for roof is actually intact in part. And, the cross at the altar in the nave was still prominently visible.
However, as the videos were unfolding of the flames coming out of the roof, the spire collapsing and the roof caving in in some parts, I couldn’t help but wonder and think about Jesus’s words a few days before the Passover…
And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. Mark 13 :1,2
It made me think of the words, and idea that no matter how impressive, majestic, beautiful, ingenious, and wonderful man made edifices can be, they, like everything else won’t last forever. I can’t imagine, even though seeing artist renderings, what the Temple must have looked like. How incredible a sight. And yet, it was utterly destroyed just as Jesus had said. I can’t, even while tearing up seeing Notre Dame on fire, imagine what it must have been like to see the Temple and much of Jerusalem on fire back then. It’s a sad thought in a way, thinking of such classic masterpieces being destroyed, just as much as thinking about some day when some day all of this will be gone. And yet,
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. Revelation 21:5
All things will be made new, and that promise couldn’t have come without the gift of redemption Jesus gave on the Cross and through the Resurrection. Nature as well as those who are saved by Him will be redeemed and made new. And through the sadness, hard times, hurt and suffering of this world, and even through the good things in life, that is what makes His worthiness, and what He has done for all of us, so much more comforting and that much more worth pondering.
It’s with a new perspective on scriptures that I head into this most Holy of times for believers in Christ, and I am glad to know just Who He is, and that He is Worthy, and so incredibly grateful beyond description for all that He accomplished, simply because of our Father’s love.
Have a blessed Thursday all!