Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” 16 And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God,17 saying,
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
who is and who was,
for you have taken your great power
and begun to reign.
18 The nations raged,
but your wrath came,
and the time for the dead to be judged,
and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints,
and those who fear your name,
both small and great,
and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.”
– Revelation 11:15-18 [ESV]
Maybe you know someone who is bigger than life. She walks into a room and the air is taken out. Everyone is enamored by her intellectual prowess. No one can hold a candle to her. You may also know someone who is constantly overlooked. He has great ideas, is fiercely loyal, and truly humble. But no one gives him a second look.
Both of these meet at the foot of the cross and in the glory of heaven. The great and small alike who fear the name of Jesus will find a place in the eternal kingdom of God. Both will be in awe of the Lamb who reigns. Both will sing praises to God. Both will count it a great privilege to be there. Both will rejoice in the chasm-spanning reach of the grace of God. Both will experience unfettered and unhindered the steadfast love of God. Both will sing his praises in exuberant joy and stunning humility.
If arrogance and pride is the source and substance of all sin, then humility and admitted poverty of spirit marks the heart of the redeemed. Hubris is the calling card of the sinful man. Fear of God is the wise choice of those who desire his good.
There will be a great leveling on the Last Day. The high and mighty will be brought low. The humble will be raised up. And they will meet as true sisters and brothers in Christ, and rejoice together in God’s majesty, power and eternal reign. All men, great and small will proclaim that Jesus is Lord to the glory of the Father, and by the power of the Holy Spirit.