I read this this morning and decided that it was so wonderful, and decided to type it up and send it to my list of email buddies. Then, I thought what better message for the Sabbath Eve and Day ahead to send out to all of my wonderful SDA families. God bless each of you is my prayer.
And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying, "Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!" Rev. 5:13.
There is the throne, and around it the rainbow of promise. There are the cherubim and seraphim. The commanders of the angel hosts, the sons of God, the representatives of the unfallen worlds, are assembled.
The heavenly council before which Lucifer had accused God and His Son, the representatives of those sinless realms over which Satan had thought to establish his dominion--all are there to welcome the Redeemer. They are eager to celebrate His triumph and to glorify their King. But He waves them back. Not yet; He cannot now receive the coronet of glory and the royal robe. He enters into the presence of His Father. He points to His wounded head, the pierced side, the marred feet, He lifts His hands, bearing the print of nails. He points to the tokens of His triumph; He presents to God the wave sheaf, those raised with Him as representatives of that great multitude who shall come forth from the grave at His second coming. . . He declares, Father: it is finished. I have done Thy will, O My God. I have completed the work of redemption. If Thy justice is satisfied, 'I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am' [John 17: 24, KJV]. The voice of God is heard proclaiming that justice is satisfied. . . The Father's arms encircle His Son, and the word is given, 'Let all the angels of God worship him' [Heb. 1:6, KJV]."
No words can describe that scene as heaven publicly reinstates the Son of God to the place of honor and glory He voluntarily left upon becoming a man. "Christ ascended to the heaven bearing a sanctified, holy humanity. He took this humanity with Him into the heavenly courts, and through the eternal ages He will bear it, as the One who has redeemed every human being in the city of God, and the One who has pleaded before the Father, 'I have graven them upon the palms of my hands."
"If we are wounded and bruised, if we meet with difficulties that are hard to manage, let us remember how much Christ suffered for us."