I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron scepter. He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
Wow! Sometimes I try to imagine what is being described in this passage of Revelation 19:11-16. I see mystery, justice, power and majesty. Doesn’t this description of him just take your breath away?
Will we ever know the “name written on him that no one knows but he himself?” The first time I remember reading that verse it struck me that it would be a name that has never been spoken, never been profaned. . .
A NAME THAT HAS NEVER BEEN SPOKEN
The name of Jesus creates all kinds of responses from the adoration of the faithful, the yawn of the lukewarm to the profanity of the unbeliever. I can understand why He would have a name that has not been shared with anyone else.
I recently listened to a sermon where the minister suggested that taking the Lord’s name in vain is more than the profanity of the unbeliever (and sometimes the faithful). The idea was that it is in our actions that we take the Lord’s name in vain. For example, using his name to justify ungodly behavior or professing to be a Christian, but living a life that is not distinguishable from the culture.
While I try to be careful with my language, do my actions betray weeds in the garden of my heart that need to be cultivated by the Master Gardener? Do yours? Do we adore His name? Do we understand the honor He has given us to wear his name? God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God - 2 Corinthians 5:21.
HAVE WE ACCEPTED THE RESPONSIBILITY OF WEARING THE NAME OF JESUS?
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: . . . For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. 1st Thessalonians 4:3a, 7-8.
The longer I serve Him the more I appreciate the reminder to examine my heart. It’s the only way to keep up with the weeds and make sure there is room for Jesus.
THERE’S THAT NAME AGAIN: JESUS.
Lord, I want to live a life that honors Your name, standing out from the culture in a positive, engaging way. I want my words and my actions to glorify Your name, and I want my heart to skip a beat when I speak Your name because you are the rider on the white horse who is Faithful and True, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Savior, Redeemer, Wonderful Counselor, First and Last, Alpha and Omega, Emmanuel. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.