About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Throne Validates The Cross
Christians we invite people to the cross of Christ to obtain forgiveness
of sins. As one who has spent
his entire life of sixty eight years within the Evangelical church, I
certainly appreciate our heart-felt, sentimentality we hold for the cross
of Christ. It is not an
understatement when I say that the cross' significance has been burned
into the core of who I am. That
being said, we all realize that when we invite someone to the cross, our
invitation is understood in metamorphic, descriptive, or symbolic terms. Despite
the claims of some over the centuries, the physical cross no longer exists
to which someone can come. As
important as the death of Jesus on the cross was, His present existence as
the living, not dead, Lamb of God on the throne, makes the cross relevant
in our lives. Revelation 5:6
tells us that the Lamb of God is alive, and He presently sits on His
"Then I saw a Lamb,
looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne,
encircled by the four living creatures and the elders."
Although the cross of
Christ is where our forgiveness was purchased, it's the throne of Christ
where forgiveness is now being offered.
The apostle Peter's alludes to this in his proclamation that Jesus is
both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36). As
Christ, Jesus sits on His throne, offering us forgiveness.
As Lord, Jesus sits on His throne, inviting us to offer ourselves
to Him in obedience.
If we invite people to
the cross of Christ and neglect to invite them to the throne of Christ, we
fail to proclaim the totality of the gospel.
We fail to instruct them that Jesus is not just the Christ who
forgives, but He is the Lord to whom we submit.
We fail to educate the newly born-again believer that Jesus now
exists in the unseen heavenly universe, as Ephesians 1:19 through 21
"That power is the
same as the mighty strength he [God] exerted when he raised Christ from
the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far
above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is
invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come."
Likewise, if we neglect
to invite people to the throne of Christ, we fail to advise the newly
born-again believer of his new heavenly existence, situated alongside Jesus in that heavenly universe, as Ephesians 2:6 states.
"And God raised us
up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ
As born-again believers,
in one real, albeit spiritual, sense of the word, we exist alongside Jesus and His throne in the heavenly universe. If
we fail to experience this reality, we miss out on what being a Christian
is all about.
Read Revelation 5:12 and
13 to see the present-day exalted state of Jesus as the Lamb of God.
"In a loud voice
they were saying: 'Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and
wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!' Then
I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on
the sea, and all that is in them, saying: 'To him who sits on the throne
and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and
When we, out of our
heart-felt passion, invite people to the cross, let us never neglect to
invite them to the throne. From
the throne, Jesus offers forgiveness of sins.
From the throne, Jesus declares the believer to be in
right-standing before God. From
the throne, Jesus sends us His Holy Spirit.
From the throne, Jesus removes the wrath of God from our lives.
From the throne, Jesus rules as the supreme universal authority.
From the throne, Jesus will open the all-important, seven-sealed,
scroll that brings this present age to its predicted end.
From the throne, Jesus will send the New Jerusalem to a newly
created earth. Before the
throne, all creation will worship the Lamb of God who was once slain, but
Let us maintain a
balanced Biblical perspective concerning the cross and the throne.
The cross without the throne, and, the throne without the cross,
make both the cross and the throne meaningless.
The throne validates the cross.