And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat on him was called Faithful and True…
I. THE GLORY OF THE GREAT REDEEMER.
1. His essential majesty.
2. The grandeur and the equal diversity of His peculiar functions. There is no work so glorious, no prerogative so high, that it is not specifically ascribed to Him in the pages of inspiration.
3. The greatness of those obstacles He is represented to have overcome in the fulfilment of His exalted undertakings.
4. The completeness of His victories in themselves.
5. His resulting satisfaction and the fulness of His joy.
6. The same almighty power which displayed itself so illustriously in His personal conquests was, even in the earliest age, exhibited in the progress of His cause, and the preservation of His followers, in spite of the most aggravated injuries and most threatening dangers.
7. We must now turn, somewhat mere directly, to the spiritual consequences of redemption, whence the real value of that recompense the Saviour has attained for all His privations, humiliation, and sorrow. They are of every kind. His victories are those of pity and of wrath, of indignation and of tenderness, of insulted majesty avenging its own wrongs, and of mercy rejoicing against justice. They spread over every department of the Divine administration, extend to every diversity of power which menaces, or of impurity which would pollute, or of sorrow which would darken and afflict, diffusing their happy consequences through an unlimited territory and a never-ending duration.
II. THOSE OBVIOUS PRACTICAL REFLECTIONS THE SUBJECT SO FORCIBLY SUGGESTS.
1. Let its contemplation teach us the sentiments we should habitually cherish respecting the power and glory of the Saviour.
2. Let us cultivate those associations which belong to His supremacy, for we cannot too highly exalt Him. Let us see, in all that is fair and good amidst the scenes that encompass us, the skill of His workmanship — the beauty of His image. Let the convulsions of empire and the vicissitudes of time instruct us to confide in that eternal presidency over the affairs of men, by which the ends of His redemption shall be finally secured.
(R. S. McAll, LL. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.