Short Meditations on the Lord’s Prayer: 14. Addendum
Mt 6:13 for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever. Amen.
And: If you note carefully in you Bible you will see a footnote letter at the end of verse thirteen and the footnote at the bottom of the page indicates that “some late manuscripts“ add the above verse, the implication being that it was not originally inspired by God, declared by Jesus. Nevertheless it is often prayed out in public. It is interesting that it is manuscripts in the plural and we are left wondering, but in so doing we may miss the wonder of these words, so I felt that before we finished we should include them here.
Four great truths:
“Yours is the kingdom”. Yes, that comes earlier but as perhaps a summary it declares, you are the sovereign ruler over all things. When Jesus returns we see in Revelation, “On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords.” (Rev 19:16) i.e. king above all other rulers.
“Yours is… the power”. The One who is Creator of all things (Rev 4:11) is all-powerful. That is one reason why He is king above all kings, sovereign ruler.
“Yours is… the glory”. We cannot see it and scripture tells us Jesus put off his glory to come in human form, but again and again the splendor and the wonder of the Being that is God is revealed (check Isa 6, Ezek 1, Rev 4,5).
“for ever.” This is not a transient thing, not something seen in Bible times but no longer true, this is true for all time and into eternity.
Consequence: As we come to pray, addressing God (for that is what prayer is) we need to be reminded of the uniqueness, the wonder of the One we address. This is why idols and ‘gods’ of other religions are so inadequate, the imaginations of the minds of men, so inferior, so useless except as a superstitious backstop to a fearful life. This God revealed in the Bible is like no other being in existence, for He is existence, He is the reason for existence, He is the reason existence continues. And our response? If it is not to bow in worship we just have not seen it.
And Yet: As we might quiver in fear and trepidation before such a God, as we see heavenly visions that blow our mind, we suddenly see, “a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the centre of the throne.” (Rev 5:6) At the centre, at the heart of this picture of the rule, the power and the glory, stands a lamb, a picture of utter weakness and humility, and this is how this Mighty God has come to us, as a Son in human form to bridge the gap. Yes, bow and worship and wonder.