Wednesday, May 17, 2017– Heaven is a glorious place!

Daily Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles 1-3, John 5:25-47

Today’s Reading in The Story is found on page 463 “…After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing…” and it ends on page 465 with the words, “The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.”  (Read in your bibles Revelation 4:1-5:14)

Heaven is a wonderful place,
Filled with glory and grace,
I want to see my Saviour’s face,
Heaven is a wonderful place.

Nice song, but it doesn’t begin to capture and express what we’re reading today in The Story. After you’ve seen what John saw, how do you go back to life as usual?

Revelation 4:2-3 (NIV) At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne.

The graphic doesn’t justice to what John saw.

Revelation 5:5 (NIV)
Then one of the elders said to me, “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.”

HE is the ONE and only, the lion of the tribe of Judah. He is no longer the suffering servant, the humble Jesus. He is the Risen and exalted Christ in charge of all things.

1 Corinthians 15:20-28 (NIV) 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.

He is the Risen and Ascended Christ ruling all things right now, for the sake of His Church. But the day is coming when He will hand everything back to the Father.

Revelation 5:6 (NIV) Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

When you see Him in eternity, you’ll recognize Him as Christ still bears the marks of his crucifixion for us to see, for all of eternity, to remind us of what the Lamb of God did to win our salvation.

It’s easy to get caught up in all the imagery of this apocalyptic book.  Yet each image is presented to the reader to see who this Christ, crucified, risen, ascended, and REIGNING Christ – sitting at the right hand of God – truly is!

Take each image separately. Give thanks to God for each new picture of our Jesus, the Christ. Each one portrays a different aspect of his being and provides us with a new reality for our faith and our hope.

When all thy mercies, O my God,
my rising soul surveys,
transported with the view, I’m lost
in wonder, love and praise.

Through all eternity to thee,
a joyful song I’ll raise;
for O, eternity’s too short
to utter all thy praise in Jesus’ name. AMEN!

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