August 18: Glimpse Into Heaven

Read Revelation 4:1-11

Perhaps like me, you have always been told Heaven is like nothing you can comprehend. There will be no pain, no sorrow, no sadness, eternity with God. It is literally going to be perfect. I try to think about it, imagine what it’s going to be like but my brain gets to a certain point where it just stops. I can’t even begin to grasp the glory that is going to be Heaven.

In Revelation 4, John gets the opportunity to gaze into Heaven and the scene is awe-inspiring, to say the least. He sees a door open into Heaven and he is called to come and see what must take place (the end times). Verse 2 tells us that John is immediately in spirit form and the first thing he sees is a throne on which God the Father sits. John describes the scene: jasper stone, a rainbow, and 24 elders sitting on thrones around God, clothed in white garments and crowns on their heads. It’s the scene out of the very throne room of God!

John goes on to describe the cherubim angels around the throne and living creatures that come out and they all praise God in unity. “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is to come!” Upon this sight, we are told the 24 elders seated around the throne of God fall down before Him and cast their crowns before the throne saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” The living creatures’ praise of God is so great it causes the elders to fall on their faces in the presence of God!

The scenes of worship described in Revelation 4 are amazing! The best part is that this scene is going to play out for eternity (v. 10)! There will never be a moment in Heaven without praise to God.

Still, there is work to be done here on earth. Just like the cherubim angels and the elders worshiped God in John’s vision, we should do that through how we live. When people see us, they should see God. Our actions, our words, and our thoughts should show people the Light of Jesus Christ in us and scream, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God!”

Are you living in a way that people see God? Do people look at your life and want to know Jesus?

jdl

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