Focus on verse 11
What does it mean to be worthy? When I was in college, we would occasionally joke about being unworthy of being in someone’s presence if they had accomplished some major achievement. I have since then often felt unworthy when I think of the wonderful family that surrounds me, or the freedom and privilege I have come to expect as normal in my life. When I think of people in places ravaged by war of famine, I sometimes wonder why am I here in a land of peace and plenty when they are not? I rather doubt that it is because I am in any way more worthy than they are?
In today’s reading John describes his vision of the throne room in heaven. It is nothing short of otherworldly with strange creatures and twenty four elders whose focus is only and completely on the throne of God, as they proclaim Him worthy of glory, honor and power.
Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”(v. 11)
As I consider this opening chapter of John’s vision of “what is to come”, there is no question of who is in control of all that is to come. Today’s reading seems to establish the foundation of the worthiness of God as the maker and mover of all that is, and is to come. As such He has full authority to do as He sees fit with all that He has created, which includes us.
This would be a frightening prospect if we did not have the rest of scripture which establishes for us His goodness and love for us. For those who trust Him – this may still be frightening event, but we have the assurance that come what may, our eternity is secure with Him. For those who reject Him – they will undoubtedly deny that any of this is true, but when it does begin to unfold – they will be overcome with the horror of their self-deception, and perhaps even regret that they did not accept His invitation to let Him into their lives when the opportunity was present.