Why is JESUS worthy to receive GLORY, HONOR & POWER? “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.” And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth." (Rev. 4:11; 5:9-10)
In the above verses, Apostle John is seeing a glorious vision of Jesus Christ as the Almighty Ruler of the universe sitting on the throne of His glory, surrounded by worshiping creatures, and about to send judgment on the earth. The elders cast their crowns before the throne, symbolizing the willing surrender of their authority in light of the worthiness of God as Creator. Because no one but God can create, He alone should be worshiped and recognized as sovereign. When the crowned elders prostrated themselves before Jesus and symbolically subjected their power to His superior authority, they humbly acknowledged His sovereignty and His right to receive worship. Their verbal praise focused on the wonders of God’s creation as the evidence of His glory, power and deeds (1:6; Exo. 15:11; Isa. 6:3).
In both of the above scriptural passages, the worship language of two different entities are recorded, including the living creatures, who extol the character of God, and the twenty-four elders (church), who extol the creative powers of God. The living creatures represent creation praising the Creator (Gen. 1:28–31), while the elders represent God’s people worshiping Him. God alone has the right to rule and He alone has the sovereign authority to judge the earth because He is both holy and the Creator of all. Their worship acknowledges the Lord as worthy of glory and honor and power because He created all things, and by His will they exist.
John’s vision of “every tribe and tongue and people and nation” standing before God and singing His praise (5:9) gives us assurance that in the end we will all experience full equality. When God had initially reviewed His creation, He had concluded that it was “very good” (Gen. 1:31). Adam and Eve were given authority over creation and responsibility to tend the garden, but later sin had ruined this original design. Now, we are assured that people from every tribe and nation are among the leadership (v. 9), and everyone is empowered to be a “king and priest to our God” who will reign on the earth (v. 10). Thus, God’s original design will ultimately become a reality one day in the near future!
What we see ensuing in the heaven is that an innumerable host of angels joins the four creatures and twenty-four elders in ascribing worth to Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God that include all glory, honor and power (4:11). The question that we must ask ourselves is: why is Jesus worthy to receive glory, honor and power? Jesus is worthy of our worship because of two main reasons:
- He is part of the Creator Godhead who has created all things in this world, and it is by His will that everything exists (4:11). The triune Godhead has created the universe and sustains it for our benefit (Gen. 1:1–31).
- He is our Redeemer who became the sacrificial Lamb of God in order to rescue us from our sins. As a Lamb, Jesus was honored in view of His death, His redemption of a people for God, His creation of a kingdom and priests for God, and His blessing of His people by allowing them to rule on the earth (during the Millennium). The Lamb was now worthy to execute judgment because of His redemptive work on the cross. Beyond redemption, God has made us kings and priests to worship Him, to witness for Him, and to reign with Him in the future.