Are you ready to meet Jesus face to face? When you think of that, does it fill you with joyful anticipation – or something else?
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The New Jerusalem: John tells us of the splendor and extravagance of the celestial city. The imagery makes it clear that heaven is the most fantastic place imaginable: gold and jasper as clear as glass…. gates made of single pearls… and foundations decorated with jewels and gems. The place God has prepared for us transcends anything we will ever experience here on earth.
Yet, more importantly God and his people will be together forever! Nothing will ever separate the bride and the Lamb! There will be no more wars or conflict, but perfect peace.
There will no need for a temple, because we will bask in the glory of the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb. All who have trusted in God and followed Jesus will be there too! Indeed, all whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life will be home at last!
When God brings all things in heaven and on earth under Christ, everything will be brand new, wondrous, exciting – and fit for eternity.
This week as we delve into the bedrock of the future beauty of God’s heavenly reign in the Lamb, we’re going to look at the scenery of heaven – and the furniture therein. As the people who have suffered greatly for their faith surround God’s throne and are overwhelmed with praise, how does this throne symbolically help us to see God’s kingship and kingdom.
In Revelation 5, we are presented with the intrigue of ‘the one who sits on the throne’ holding a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. Many of us who might read this will move quickly past so that we can catch a glimpse of the mysterious words inside, but on this scroll, the viewer is intrigued that there is writing on both sides. What is this about? The scriptures have been revealed, but perhaps the symbolism is that what is inside is the final word, the last ‘Big Reveal’ of God’s immense end to time and the beginning of eternity. It’s sealed with seven seals, and as we heard from Pastor Rolly last week, that means it is sealed perfectly.So perfectly, in fact, that no one on earth, above or below it, can open it. Only the one with the power to do it. Who is this? Who is it that will reveal God’s last and final word of judgement and promise? What are these words?
We ask the question: Who’s in Charge? as part one of our new worship series: The Kingdom, the Power and the Glory. Read through the book of Revelation, discuss it, and realise that in Christ you are caught up in God’s forever story for his world. No matter what tribulations we experience, Jesus has got us covered – from here to eternity.