There it is – in the distance – can you see it? ?Give it another second, the clouds are parting some.
There it is – it’s that glowing golden light in the distance. ?You can begin to make out the edges now. You can begin to tell what it is. ?See, it’s a throne. ?And can you see those forms swirling all around it? Those are angels and Seraphim. ?And that moving mass before it? ?That’s a multitude from every tribe and tongue. ?The singing is so beautiful. ?Look, you can see it more clearly now – the very throne of heaven. ?And now we can begin to see the glorious one who occupies the throne. ?But wait – what? There’s a – gasp – MAN on the throne.
A human being is at the right hand of God. A man is there?a glorified man?not a spirit, but a man. It is the resurrected Christ standing at the right hand of God the Father, exercising authority over His church. One old Puritan preacher said, ?Mankind has received the great dignity, that one of our number has been exalted to the right hand of the Majesty on high. One of our number has been exalted.?
If my brother or my son were exalted to the presidency, I would be very happy about it and would say, ?I have received a great dignity that one of my sons has become president of the United States.? But we have received a dignity infinitely greater than the dignity of presidents and kings. We have received a dignity that one of our number has gone to a higher place than the president?s office or a high priest?s status. We honor these men, but there is a place above all. And that place is where Jesus Christ is. God has taken Him there, and He is there as our High Priest.
There’s a man on the throne. ?Glorified, and infinitely majestic, awesome in power, but a man. ?One of our own. ?One who knows how it feels to be exhausted. ?Or rejected. ?One who knows what it’s like to sweat and shiver. ?Who knows the grief of a loved one dying. ?Who knows the agony of betrayal and abandonment.
There’s a man on the throne. ?He was tempted like we are in every way, yet never gave in. ?He was tempted worse than we’ll ever be. ?He was tempted to despair. ?To anger. ?To just give up. ?He was tempted to lust and pride. ?He was tempted to believe lies about God. ?He never gave in, but he knows the power and pull of temptation.
He knows what you’re going through. ?He knows how you feel. ?What you’re tempted to believe about God. ?He knows what it’s like to feel like God himself has forsaken you. ?He knows how tired you are of it all.
There’s a man on the throne. ?He hears. ?He understands. ?And he can help. ?
He’s got mercy and grace for time of need. ?He says, “Come. ?Cast your cares on me for I care for you. ?I love you. ?There’s grace here. ?I have strength and joy for you. ?Come. ?Lay your burdens at my feet. Tell me how hard it is. ?I’ll understand and I’ll sympathize. ?And I’ll help.”
One of our number?Jesus?has been exalted to the right hand of the power on high. Think of Joseph, when he went down to Egypt and was seated on the throne. When his brothers came down to Egypt, he could get anything he wanted for them.
There’s a man on the throne. ?Let’s run to him.
Quotes from Preparing for Jesus’ Return: Daily Live the Blessed Hope?by A. W. Tozer, James L. Snyder