May the Truth of the Resurrection Draw You Closer

Shyju Mathew

"Experience the Word of God, in the power of the Spirit."

March 29, 2018

On Easter weekend, as we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us consider how heaven celebrates our King.

Worship in the book of Revelations is an eternal day and night adoration of God Almighty.

In Revelations 4, Apostle John was caught up by the Spirit into a heavenly scene of epic worship:

Four living creatures, covered top to bottom in eyes, worship day and night declared “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” (4:8).

Twenty-four elders threw their golden crowns down at the foot of the throne in constant tribute to God Almighty, testifying “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created”(4:11).

Heaven is technicolour in design, as John encountered Almighty God through the rich ambers and oranges of jasper, with a resplendent rainbow at the throne, even as thunder and lightning flashed upon a sapphire sea of glass.

The Holy Spirit burned bright, seven brilliant flames before the throne, the seven winds of God.

John felt heaven more than just seeing it. Then Almighty God extended a scroll with seven seals upon His hand. None in heaven or earth or below were found worthy to open the seals. John wept that no one was holy enough to even open or look at this ancient, sacred scroll.

Then an elder consoled, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals. Behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.” (5:5-6)

There stood the slain Sacrifice of the world, full of perfect wisdom and power and authority, the only One who could rightly release the just judgments of God Almighty upon the earth.

When the Lamb took the scroll, all of heaven and earth erupted in worship:

The four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation and have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”

Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!” Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever (5:8-14).

Dear Saints, let us celebrate the Lamb of God, King Jesus, and our Almighty Father!

May each of us declare blessing and honour and glory and power to God Eternal and to the Lamb, our Christ, who died for the sin of the world, and has risen to the right hand of the Father, ever interceding for us, His Beloved.

Celebrate Jesus Christ, the Lamb who was slain, in all His perfection and glory, and rejoice in our joyful salvation, as we worship the One who is worthy!