Christ is Glorious. 

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Last night was the Grammys, the annual homage to music icons and celebration of the previous year’s “bests”. It is one of the ubiquitous Hollywood celebrations of the arts that is equal parts show, puff, drama, politics, and glorification of music and musicians.

It is part of the machine of the culture that sends thousands of people each year to the entertainment capitals of the United States, New York, and Hollywood, in search of stardom. Dreams of worldwide fame, names in lights, immense wealth, and associations with the world’s rich and famous dance through their heads.

This is not just an American phenomenon. All around the world, there is a love affair with fame and status. America’s love affair with its music, film and TV idols at times borders on insanity. Teenagers have been known to slash their wrists in despair over not receiving a response to a fan letter. People have suffered from exposure and frostbite spending nights and days “camped out” at ticket windows hoping to get close enough to touch their music idols. All this, to express their worship and praise for the achievements of their idols.

worthy-is-the-lambSome adults regularly make pilgrimages to the graves of people like Elvis Presley and John Lennon.

Now the surprising thing about all of this is that, according to the Scriptures, God is the author of the star system. The Scripture makes it clear that He has structured into the universe a flow of attention, adoration, and privilege in which both men and angels are involved. There is something in the way God has created the nature of both men and angels, that must be expressed in worship and praise.

There is an impulse in the human heart to worship. We all worship something. We all desire to worship something. The problem is, we generally don’t worship well or in the right direction.

At the center of God’s design is the exaltation of Christ.

One day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord (Isaiah 45:23; Romans 14:11; Philippians 2:10). Some will worship Him with joy – because they know Him to be their Lord and friend, forgiver and lover. Some will worship him in terror – because they never recognized Him as the Lord and Savior of their life.

Six times in the Bible, God says that he is a jealous God. He desires and deserves worship and praise and Glory. In fact, the praise of His name and the glory of His person will one day fill the earth. Here’s how the prophet Habakkuk puts it Habakkuk 2:14:

14 “For the earth will be filled
             With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord,
                     As the waters cover the sea. [1]

All of time and space is moving toward that moment when His glory will fill the earth. So in the book of Revelation, you have this description of the scene in heaven at the end of time.   

Revelation 4:8–11 (ESV)

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!”

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11  “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.”

And then one chapter later . . .

Revelation 5:6–14 (ESV)

And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain,
and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10  and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”

11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”

13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Knowing that that is where all of history is headed, the apostle Paul is zealous to protect the purity of worship. He wants the churches in his charge to pursue Christ with a passion that never loses sight of the wonder and glory of the Savior. And that is what the book of Colossians is all about–the glory of Christ. In the end, there will be only one true “star.” His name is Jesus.

[1] The New American Standard Bible, 1995 Update, (La Habra, California: The Lockman Foundation) 1996.

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