Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Prophet's Testimony

This sure word of prophecy was literally and most gloriously verified when the incarnate Redeemer, after having finished the work which was given him to do, was taken up into Heaven, and sat down on the right hand of God with angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him. In order, therefore, to witness its fulfillment, we must ascend in imagination to the abodes above, and behold him as he appears there. Often are we invited to contemplate his state of humiliation, and hold fellowship with him in his sufferings; but now another scene is presented, which ought to excite within us feelings of wonder, love, and praise.

"Come see the place where the Lord lay!" was the invitation given on the morning of his resurrection. But we are at present called upon to see the throne on which he reigns! O wondrous transformation!

That meek and lowly One, who had been despised and rejected — is now adored by all the heavenly hosts!

That face, once covered with spitting, and furrowed with tears — is now gazed upon with transporting admiration!

That brow, once bound with thorns — is now encircled with a splendor before which suns turn pale!

Those hands which were nailed to the bloody tree — now grasp the scepter of universal dominion!

That ignominious cross — is exchanged for heaven's highest throne!

That crown of thorns — is exchanged for a diadem of everlasting glory!

[John MacDuff]

Isaiah 52:13 ...  Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.❤