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1/25/17 – Our Lord deserves our reverence

Published: Wednesday, 25 January 2017 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Just like the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day so was the appearance of brilliance that surrounded him. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speak.  Ezekiel 1:28

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”  Luke 5:8

When I caught sight of him, I fell down at his feet as though dead. He touched me with his right hand and said, “Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last. Revelation 1:17

My wife has many Nativity sets that she puts out around the house during Christmas.  She has three sets that our grandchildren play with.  One Christmas after all of the family had left, my wife wanted me to see one of the Nativity sets.  Our youngest grandchild had been playing with all three sets located in different parts of the house.  At this one Nativity set, all of the figure of the animals, kings, and shepherds from all three sets were placed in a semicircle around the Baby Jesus figure.  What was striking was that she had placed all of the figures face down as if they were bowing down to the Baby Jesus.  I was amazed at how she demonstrated reverence to our Lord.

 hope you found similar responses to the recognition of the Lord in the above three verses.  Isaiah, Peter, and John all had the same response.  When they recognized the Lord, they fell on their face or their knees.  The verses imply that they were stunned and overwhelmed.  They could do nothing but give up everything about themselves and fall down.  They were showing reverence in the presence of holiness and the glory of the Lord.

Have you ever considered what you would do when you recognize the Lord?  I am confident that you will do the same as these men.  To come face to face with the Lord of the Universe would be a shocking and overwhelming experience.  There is something about the appearance of the Lord that will humble us like nothing ever has.  Peter’s reaction is interesting, because he recognized the holiness of our Lord and, at the same time, he recognized his sinfulness.  He did not feel worthy to be in His presence.   

What do you today do to show reverence to the Lord even though you do not see Him?  Many of our rituals in all denominations and churches are to show reverence to our Lord.  Webster defines “reverence” as, “a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe.”  This implies that although the rituals are in place, God is looking at each person’s level of reverence of who He is.  Your personal level of reverence comes about through your feelings, attitude, and actions toward God. 

I think all of us could improve on how we show reverence to our Lord whether we are at church or anywhere else.  Meditate on Christ on the cross and the empty tomb; God’s creation; the amazing human body; the seasons of the year; and, in reverence, possess an attitude of the presence and holiness of God.  All resulting actions should be directed toward the One who loves us just as we are.  What an awesome God we serve!

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