O wondrous transformation!

(John MacDuff, "Heavenly Aspirations")

"He shall be lifted up, and extolled, and be greatly exalted!" Isaiah 52:13

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. We now gaze upon the throne on which He reigns!

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

That face, once covered with spittle, 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!

O wondrous transformation!

"On His robe at His thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords!" Revelation 19:16

"God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in Heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!" Philippians 2:9-11