13 Dec 2018
John’s Picture of Heaven
Caught up in the Spirit, John has a wonderful experience of God, hearing and seeing His throne and the One seated on it. He continues to describe what he sees, putting into words things he barely understands.
He sees a rainbow that looks like an emerald, and as his view expands he also sees many other things clearly. Twenty-four elders sit on their thrones wearing white robes and golden crowns. In the same picture John sees four living creatures who look slightly different from one another: a lion, a calf, a man and an ox. The four living creatures continually say:
“Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” (see Revelation 4:8).
Scholars believe that these four represent the gospel witnesses, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, whom most commentaries call evangelists. They had all walked with Jesus, yet each gospel has a different emphasis, covering all aspects of Jesus’ ministry on earth. Matthew sees the King of kings’ royalty. Mark sees the servant King, Luke sees the Son of Man and John sees the Son of God.
As the four living creatures say, “Holy, Holy, Holy”, the twenty-four elders fall to their knees, casting their crowns before Him and saying:
“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” (Revelation 4:11).
We can echo these words with glad hearts: “You have bought us and loved us. You have given us an assurance of Christ in us, the hope of glory. And we shall see Him.”
Pause and reflect: It is good for us, as believers, to enter into Christ’s triumph. That way we begin to understand the victory Jesus accomplished for us. He is the risen, ascended, glorified Christ.