Thursday, February 4, 2016

Revelation 5:8-14

Have you ever received an unbelievable surprise or received a gift that you did not expect but that left you reeling from excitement after you received it? I remember one of my first memories of Amber and me when we were in college. We were meeting up for an evening together, and she brought me a wrapped box filled with gifts. When I opened the box, I was just floored that she had spent her own money on me and that every gift inside the box was so personal and just about me. I remember the rest of the evening that we spent together I was so elated to be with this beautiful girl and to have this wonderful gift that I just buzzed with excitement.
Now, I imagine John in heaven seeing one spectacle after another, and being floored with wonder at sights his mind could barely even grasp and many more things he was simply unable to fathom. The emotion had overtaken him and he had gone from elation to despair when no one had stepped forward to open the book in the hand of God. However, when Jesus finally appeared before the throne of God, I can only imagine John’s reaction. This was certainly a “mind-blown” moment. The anticipation had climaxed at the appearing of the One who could rightfully claim the title deed to all creation. 
Now, the one who died for all had come to redeem all things. 
I can only imagine the overwhelming excitement that John must have felt as Jesus walked up to God and took the book out of God’s hand.
It seems from Revelation 5 that heaven was absolutely silent as Jesus walked up to the throne of God. All eyes in heaven were turned to Him as he grabbed the book from His Father’s hand. But in that instant, the silence was crushed with the roar and praise of millions in heaven. The sounds of the 24 elders and all of the people with them singing blended with roars of millions of angels as all of heaven began the much awaited praise service and worship of Christ.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. - Philippians 2:9-11
Here in Revelation 5:13, we see Paul’s prophecy fulfilled as every living being joined together. From Babel in Genesis 11 until now, mankind had failed to cooperate with one voice, but in the redemption of all things, Christ reunited mankind for the one purpose for which they were created – to worship Him. In Romans 8 we find that from the first sin of mankind in Genesis 3, all of creation groaned under the curse of sin, but now, on this day, the redemption of all things had come. All of heaven and all of earth joined in a great song of praise to Jesus. Even the four beasts that had encircled the throne crying “Holy, Holy, Holy,” now joined in the praise with the refrain of “Amen!”, which means “let it be so!”
What a spectacle! John could have never imagined such a sight. Now, he stood there and watched as the culmination of redemptive history was carried out in front of his very eyes. With millions of beings roaring together, the praising of Christ must have left John feeling invigorated with excitement. Standing there in heaven he beheld a glimpse of the future glory that awaited. What a comfort it must have been for an old saint stranded on the prison isle of Patmos. Jesus was not a defunct cult leader, he was the Sovereign of the cosmos and one day all would be gathered to worship Him. 
I can only imagine the joy that flooded John’s soul as he beheld the Savior, his Savior, exalted and praised in heaven.
Reflect: Reread Revelation 5:8-14. What songs are sung in heaven?