For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power
and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
2 Peter 1:16
His name was the Word. We are not told what He looked like. We only know He was alien, an extraterrestrial being, not of this world. He lived in a realm unlike any we can imagine, in a dimension beyond our natural senses. The ground there was a sea of crystal, clear as glass. A being of incredible power sat upon a throne in its midst, encircled by a shimmering rainbow infused with emerald-green hues. Lightning flashed from the throne, and peals of deep thunder rumbled. The air was heavy with the glory of God’s majesty. Four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind, surrounded the throne. They had the faces of men and animals; each had six wings. From them rose a chorus of ceaseless praise:
“Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come” (Revelation 4:8 NKJV)!
The Word left this realm in order to enter time and space in the form of a human being. In leaving, He laid down His crown and His rights as a king. Saving an entire world required that He live as a pauper, sacrificing His life to serve those who needed Him. His journey on earth would be one of pain, suffering, and death. But the majesty followed Him.
Associating the word majesty with heaven is easy, but it’s not a word we naturally connect with the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ. We identify with His humanity. We love all He took on to travel the road to the cross for us; we tend to forget all He left behind. We forget He entered His kingdom with the cry of a child instead of the shout of a commander. We forget He set aside the scepter of His authority for the robe of a commoner and exchanged a crystal hall for the dust of earth. We identify with the crown of thorns but not the crown of glory He left in heaven. We can’t fathom the depth of the sacrifice He endured even before He reached Golgotha.
The rags of this world, however, could not disguise the true nature of Jesus. He may have looked like a carpenter, but His bearing was that of a king. His coming divided time itself, and the shock waves rippled throughout history. Bending down, He was exalted. Dying, He became the Giver of Life. Penniless, He inherited a kingdom.
Supposed by men to be illegitimate, He gained a Name that is above every name. Majesty? Heaven, earth, and hell itself could not contain such a King. In an age where fame is the sought-after stamp of validation, setting aside our own ambitions to care for others is not an easy path. But what magnificent footsteps in which to follow!
Living in the light of His majesty requires living to serve. As we contemplate the agony He endured for us, our sacrifices pale in comparison. And in such a light, we see with new eyes the value of the creation for which He set aside so much to save.
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by Pam Thorson
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Pam was born at the Millington Naval Base outside of Memphis, Tennessee, the first child of a Wisconsin navy seaman and a Southern belle. Her early life was marked by many moves around the country as her father pursued a career in broadcasting. After traveling throughout the deep South and the Pacific Northwest, the family finally settled on the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) reservation in Idaho. Pam met her wonderful husband during college, set her roots down deep along the banks of the Clearwater River, and happily began a home and family. Pam and Aaron educated all five of their children at home. They began homeschooling in 1982 and graduated their youngest daughter in 2006. Pam and Aaron have been married forty-one years. They have five grown children, two sets of precious in-laws, and two beautiful granddaughters. Pam has long loved to write. She began writing for the local college newspaper and homeschooling group. Later she authored many devotionals for her church and an article for Evangel. In 2008 she wrote Song in the Night, the true account of her son’s injury in Canada, their fight to keep the doctors from pulling the plug, and the subsequent journey back home. Her second book is due for release by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in early 2014. In 2000, Pam became certified as a nurses’ aide to care for their injured son. She and her family have operated a certified family home licensed by the state of Idaho since 2000. In 2011, she completed the practical nurse program at Walla Walla Community College and earned her license as an LPN. Her conversion to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1975 set her on a journey with her Savior spanning nearly four decades. Her love for and devotion to life has come from this association with her Creator. Pam adores her husband, her family, and friends. She enjoys her beautiful little log home, good coffee, the sound of the river at night, and just about any kind of Christian music.