The Judicial Face of Christ
We see in Revelation a dark picture of what the world will be going through as the Lord pours out His wrath in the days of the tribulation. The world is coming to an end, and the day of great judgment is coming. Men will run in fear, hiding from the face of the One on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.
Through most of the New Testament we see the gentle Lamb of God, meek and lowly in His coming and humble and alone in His death. He is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”. No one would have guessed that this same Lamb, the one who allowed His body to be handed over to bloodthirsty men, would be the one by Whose mighty hand wrath and judgment would fall. He is compassionate, full of mercy, extending His hand of grace to the world. Yet when His face turns on this world to judge, He will be filled with righteous wrath, the only Lamb who can execute perfect and eternal judgment.
Who is able to stand?
As the opening verse describes the scene of the sixth seal being opened, we read of the terrible collapse of the earth. The high and mighty men of the world are cowering and ducking in caves, seeking protection from the face of the one who sits on the throne. To those left on the earth, the face of the one who sits on the throne is a fearful and dreadful thing to behold. The wrath of the Lamb, which has delayed so long, is finally coming. No one can hide from the wrath and judgment of the Lamb of God. Every unbeliever must stand before the great white throne and peer into the face of the great Judge of whose face “heaven and earth fled away and there was no place for them”.
The perfect verdict
As we ponder the haunting and grim days the world will undergo during the tribulation, our hearts may become heavy with sorrow. Yet, in the day of judgment, His judgment will be perfect and right. Just as every part of the person of the Lord is good and perfect, so also is His judgment. Let us rejoice, as we know that when the day of judgment comes, truth will finally prevail and God’s perfect justice will be revealed! The Lamb of God is beautiful and perfect, worthy of our praise in both His great compassion and in His fierce and mighty power as the great Judge and Ruler of the earth.