By Pr. Lek Aik Wee
There is a day coming when all believers in Jesus Christ shall enter the glorious door of heaven.In Revelation 4, the apostle John, led by our Lord Jesus to behold an open door in heaven, and being translated in the spirit, had a foretaste of heavenly worship. Jesus said, “Come up hither and I will show thee things which must be hereafter” (Rev 4:1b).
The focus in heaven is the throne of God. Herein is the central command of the entire universe where God rules. Every purpose under heaven and in heaven emanates from the throne of God.
Behold the greater greatness of God as we consider the vastness of the universe. Behold the Creator, Sustainer and Judge of the universe. Surely, the vastness of God’s glory is unimaginable as we consider who He is.
The perfection of God in the fullness of His glory was a scene that John had the great privilege to witness – And He that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald (Rev. 4:3).
This is a description of the glory of God. The glory was described in terms of precious stone, even like a jasper and sardine stone, clear as crystal (cf. Rev. 21:11; Exod. 24:10), as a sea of glass like unto crystal (Rev. 4:6a). The rainbow is the symbol of the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon earth that the waters shall no longer become a flood that destroy all flesh (Gen. 9:16). What a refreshing aura of peace in heaven, showing forth the kindness and mercy of God (Isa. 54:9-10)! The scene must cause the beholder to fall upon his face in worship (Ezek. 1:28).
Surrounding the throne were 24 seats and 24 elders sitting upon the seats clothed in white raiment. They had on their heads crowns of gold (Rev. 4:4). The 24 elders represent all the saints triumphant, with their white garments washed every whit clean by the blood of the Lamb, out of every kindred, and tongue and people and nation (Rev. 5:9), in grateful adoration. For God has made the saints to be kings with their kingly crowns and priests with their whited garments. They will reign with Christ on earth a thousand years (Rev. 20:4b) after the Great Tribulation of 7 years (Rev. 6 to 19). They cast their crowns before Him that sat upon the throne and worship Him with these words of praise, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour and power: for thou hast created all things and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Rev. 4:10, 11).
Man is the epitome of God’s creation. When God created the universe, earth was the focus. When God created the earth, man was the focus. For only man was made in the image of God, to reflect the glory of his Creator. The glory of the redeemed man standing justified before God is echoed the words of Robert Murray McCheyne:
When I stand before the throne
Dressed in beauty not my own,
When I see Thee as Thou art,
Love Thee with unsinning heart;
Then, Lord, shall I fully know
Not till then how much I owe.
There in heaven, we will worship together with our loved ones who had gone home before us. There will not be that empty seat on the pew of a departed friend or loved one but all will be reunited in glory for eternity. A blessed reunion in heaven where there will be no more pain, nor sorrow, nor tears nor aging. We look forward to that glorious day. We work for that glorious day by sharing the gospel to our loved ones and friends who are still outside God’s kingdom. By the grace and mercy of God, they may believe and be saved for that glorious day. Lord, come quickly! Amen.