Do you truly celebrate the splendor of Jesus?
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” – Revelation 5:12
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai bearing the tablets of the law (Exodus 34), the brilliance of his face was so bright that he had to put a veil over it because it blinded whoever tried to look upon him. That brilliance was nothing compared to the brilliance of looking into the face of God, but only a tiny spark of His glory.
When the host of heaven cries out, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive… glory…,” they are referring to Jesus’ inheritance of God’s splendor. In 2 Corinthians 3, Paul speaks of how those who are found in the Spirit of Christ are able to look upon Him with an unveiled face. Not because Jesus’ splendor is not as brilliant, but because the new covenant is written in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
Though glory is often a synonym of honor, it looks toward the brilliant and powerful beauty and splendor of the one being honored. Additionally, to glory in someone or something, there is a sense of joy and rejoicing; even celebration. When we worship and celebrate Jesus, we are celebrating His beauty and splendor, which is powerfully brilliant.