Week of August 26
The Glory of Heaven
In Revelation 5:5, an elder steps forward to reassure the Lord’s apostle, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Have you ever taken time to consider what it will be like for those who are left behind when Christ returns? John did, and the thought of this, along with the reality of God’s awesome presence, was more than John could comprehend. In fact, the knowledge he was given was overwhelming.
Jesus was with John, and immediately the apostle received the comfort he needed. John’s sorrow was understandable. He was being given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see and to understand heaven’s future glory:
I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside (Revelation 5:2-4).
One day, we will see heaven’s glory and we will bow down and worship Christ. Our unworthiness will be evident, but Christ’s worthiness will be made known to every creature.
Our stubborn, disobedient, and self-centered actions will burn within our hearts, only to be cooled after we, like John, realize that it is only by God’s grace that we have been saved. Our pride will be revealed, and we will wonder why we did not take more time to worship the One with whom we will spend eternity.
You do not have to wait for heaven to begin to worship the risen Lord and Savior. Today He waits for you to come to Him. Just as He revealed Himself to John, He will do the same with you.
To Him who sits on the throne...be praise and honor and glory! (Revelation 5:13).
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