The Center of It All
Seeing Jesus at the center of it all centers us.
Please allow me to share one of my weird thoughts without being judged. Do you ever drive by important places and wonder what they are doing in there?
What's a Monday like in The Pentagon? What are they serving for lunch in the West Wing of the White House? What are the brainiacs working on at the Googleplex? Exactly what's in Fort Knox?
While each of the buildings mentioned above has tight security and guarded secrets, the Bible gives us a clear view of the center of it all.
In Revelation 4, John sees an open door into the throne room of Heaven, and it is quite a sight.
And before the throne, there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!"Rev. 4:6, 8
There are massive celestial bodies moving in the cosmos. There are 6 billion people on our planet and all of them have needs, prayers, and demands. There are economies and nations and activities. Yet at the center of it all, they just worship Jesus.
Before you go Jesus hippie and think that you can quit your job, sit under a tree, and sing hymns for the rest of your life, remember that we are not like the four living creatures around the throne. We are worshipers who work. We have a stewardship to which we need to be faithful.
Realizing that at the center of it all that they worship is not holy permission to be useless (2 Thess 3:10), but it is important to us. This vision at the center of it all centers us.
Revelation 4 reminds us that Jesus is glorious as it begins from the throne and then unfolds a scene of concentric circles of seas, rainbows, creatures, and elders that surround the throne (vv. 1-8). The scene makes a critical theological statement. Jesus is the center of it all.
The creatures call our attention to Jesus' holiness, his moral excellence and perfection (v. 8b). The elders cast their throne before one who rules with righteousness. As they do, they remind us of Jesus' goodness (vv. 9-10). Casting their crowns before Him they proclaim Jesus' worthiness (v. 11).
Knowing that this is the activity at the center of it all encourages our walk. If Jesus is on the throne, you can handle a Monday! This scene should inspire our worship. It's all about Him, not us. Revelation 4 should inform our prayers. All we need is a decree from our King!
Jesus is at the center of it all!
Read Revelation 4.
- What do you learn about Jesus from this passage?
- How does this passage inspire you to praise Jesus?
- How does this passage call you to pray?
Pray to Christ about your day today. Make each request in a way that reflects His gloriousness, holiness, goodness, and worthiness. Remember, He loves to hear you pray and praise Him.