A Worthy King

Worthy to Receive Glory

Made to honor, we give fealty,

We seek true north like a needle.

But to look for your king

in a pulpit, disappoints;

in a government, fails;

in the mirror, distorts.

Look instead with the eyes of your heart

to the Wounded who heals;

to the Throne that is true;

to the Lamb who was slain,

Christ the King.

–Catherine Lawton

© 2018, 2020

Excerpted from the book Glimpsing Glory

In Revelation Chapter 5 Christ the King is depicted as a Lamb who had been slaughtered. Yet all the magnificence of Heaven bowed down and worshiped this lamb.

In Isaiah 53 we are told “he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”

Then why do we continually seek the pretty, the popular, the powerful, the persuasive, and the polished to emulate, venerate, and follow?


Photo: “Thanksgiving” Stained-Glass Windows used by permission of Library of Congress

  2 comments for “A Worthy King

  1. November 25, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Beautiful post. Amazing image! God bless!

    • December 2, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you, Nancy, for taking time to comment. It seems Jesus’ willingness to go as a lamb to slaughter makes it possible for us to know him as King. And that “knowing” isn’t just believing in a distant sovereign, but an indwelling, personal, all-loving presence, helper, redeemer, friend … Isn’t it amazing?!

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