Summary: God reveals his character to us as we see the heavenly throne through the vision of John in Revelation - the result for us ought to be unabashed worship!
Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
With wisdom, power, and love
Our God is an awesome God
Have you discovered how awesome God is? Have you seen the magnificence of the King of Kings with the eyes of your heart? This morning, with hushed silence, we will enter into one of the most sacred scenes in the Bible – the Lord on his throne, praised before the heavenly beings. It’s otherworldly – amazing – awesome. For in this scene we see the Lord and a portion of his awesome character.
Let’s take a peek at this from Revelation 4:2-6 and as I read it, I encourage you to close your eyes and imagine exactly what is being read.…
1. The first picture of our awesome God we see is the Sovereign Lord and King (2)
There is one throne and only one seated there. “Throne” is a key word in this chapter and in the whole book of Revelation appearing almost 50 times. Why? What does a throne represent? What does it communicate? Authority! God is the boss. He’s number #1. Whoever is on the throne has the last word.
On Wednesday we watched another tour from the Truth Project and people were coming up with their definitions of God. And one man, a tattoo artist said that he is his own god. He controls what he does and he is the one that makes himself successful. He has sadly been deceived as have many people in this world.
The throne is filled and not by you or I. The throne is filled by the God the Father (the Son approaches in 5:6). How dare we place ourselves on that throne? How dare we cast him down below us – take his place and rule where he belongs? The throne says to us: There is a God and I am not Him! Bow before God’s throne. Submit before God’s throne. Humble yourself before God’s throne.
2. The throne is an awesome picture of God but let’s go farther. Did you hear what it said in verse 3? “And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald.” The Lord is BEAUTIFUL!
This is a very unusual description – you would never describe a person in this way. In fact there is no person described – no eyes, arms, legs, hair. This is God the Father who is spirit. How is he depicted? Words probably failed John as he saw the Lord in all of his splendor. All he can do is compare to some of the most colorful and sparkling stones he knows. Jasper – green but crystal clear green as he is described in Revelation 21:11. And also a stone called carnelian or sardius. It’s a red quartz crystal.
Commentators have hay-day trying to come up with the symbolism of these stones – but it seems that the main message here is simply that the Lord is awesome in beauty. And why wouldn’t he be?
What is beauty? Webster’s: “whatever excites the keenest of pleasure to the senses and stirs emotion through the senses” The Lord stirs our senses and emotions as no-one and nothing can! Everything beautiful is simply a foretaste of God.