Revelation 4:11 – “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.”
Somewhere in my house I have a Dan Marino rookie football card. I remember when these cards came out they were all the rage. Everyone wanted one. A few years after they were released they supposedly soared in value to $300.00. That was several years ago and so I got excited thinking that now almost 30 years after Marino came into the league that card might actually be worth a small fortune. So I hurried and checked a few years back and to my surprise the card had actually decreased slightly in value. I was heartbroken, but it was ok.
Most things do exactly that don’t they? They go down in value. A person may but a new car for $30k only to find out when they attempt to trade it that the value has decreased significantly. Most things go down in value. If you hold on to a piece of furniture or a piece of jewelry long enough it might go up in value, but just like with Dan Marino rookie cards there are no guarantees.
Of course there are things that we attach sentimental value to. Things that really aren’t worth much monetarily but that mean the world to us. Maybe a picture drawn by a child, maybe a letter written by a spouse, maybe something that a friend gave you, maybe even something that was made at Vacation Bible School. These things aren’t worth a lot in the eyes of the world, but to you they are priceless. Hence the saying beauty (and worth) is in the eye of the beholder.
There is an exception to that rule however. God is worth everything and He is worthy no matter what anyone says about Him. He is worth everything. The world disagrees with that and says “who can know God” or “God doesn’t exist” or “who cares what God says”, but whether they realize it or not He is infinitely worthy. We as followers of Jesus proclaim that worth everytime we gather together and sing praises to our Risen Lord. We proclaim that worth when we follow His teachings, we proclaim that worth when we teach the next generation about Jesus. We proclaim that worth when we love one another.
That worth is being proclaimed in heaven even right now. John paints us a vivid picture of that in the book of Revelation as the four living creatures fly around the throne of God praising His name. And as they praise Him they describe His character. What do they say? “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” As the proclaim His worth (saying that He is worthy), they also remind us of the holiness of God. God is many things, He is love, He is power, He is majesty, He is mercy, He is might. He is all of this and more but the attribute of God that is being celebrated in heaven right now is His holiness. Revelation reads like Isaiah 6 or even Colossians 1, as all of these chapters have the same theme, revealing to us the continuity and unity of the word of God. God’s word has a central theme and that theme is the Jesus Christ and the glory of God.
That theme is being proclaimed right now in heaven. God is worthy because God is holy. What does the word holy mean? It means set apart. Wholly other. Pure. Without blemish or spot. It means all of these things and more. God is holy, and because of that God is worthy. He is pure and in His purity and power, He deserves to receive glory and honor and power. He is worthy because He created all things, and He holds all things together. God is infinitely valuable and worthy.
The world may not recognize that. They might not recognize that He is worthy because they don’t want to deal with His holiness. Our culture wants to do what it wants to do when it wants to do it. That is our nature if you will. But God and His holiness flies in the face of that as it tells us that God is pure, and in His purity He hates sin. In fact the Bible tells us “to be holy even as He is holy.”
How is that possible? Only through His power. Only through that same power that raised Jesus from the dead working within us. When we become followers of Jesus we become holy in the eyes of God because our sins have been forgiven and we are clothed with the righteousness of Christ. Let 2 Corinthians 5:21 sink in, “He made Him who knew no sin to become sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” We become righteous and holy through our relationship with Jesus Christ. When we repent of our sins and place our faith in Him, He imputes His righteousness and holiness to us. We aren’t holy, but He is. He is holy and because of that He is worthy.
Beauty (worth) is in the eye of the beholder, and one day every eye will behold Him, and at that point every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Everyone will confess that Jesus is worthy. Why? Because He is holy. For us to be able to come eternally into His presence we must be holy as well. That is only possible through the blood and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He died on a cross to forgive us and take our sins away, and He was resurrected three days later and as a Living Savior, He not only takes our sins away but He gives us His holiness and righteousness. He is “worthy of all honor and glory and power”! Why? Because of the cross and empty tomb. He is worthy because of the love and justice of God. He is worthy, so lets worship Him in the splendor of His holiness. Remembering that His worth and value never fade like the things of the world.