Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, like lapis lazuli in appearance; and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man. Then I noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something like glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; and there was a radiance around Him. As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking. [Ezekiel 1:26-28]
The book of Ezekiel has an exciting opening. In chapter 1, we see the description of angels and the heavenly throne. The throne was above the heads of the angels, implying the rank of the One on the throne was higher than the angels. Regarding the identity of the One on the throne, Matthew Henry, noting the similarities with what John wrote in the book of Revelation, believed that was Christ. Matthew Henry also noted the rainbow surrounding the throne implied the One on the throne was also the Mediator of the covenant made in Genesis 9:16, and thus was the Intercessor between us and the judgment our sins deserved. The above verses describe the likeness of His glory.
It is beyond comprehension for some people why a supreme being would descend to Earth and subject Himself to the cruel cross. Some describe it as exchanging the throne for the cross. Followers of Christ know it was because of love.