Revelation 4:1-11 (NRSV)
After this I looked, and there in heaven a door stood open! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this." At once I was in the spirit, and there in heaven stood a throne, with one seated on the throne! And the one seated there looks like jasper and carnelian, and around the throne is a rainbow that looks like an emerald. Around the throne are twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones are twenty-four elders, dressed in white robes, with golden crowns on their heads. Coming from the throne are flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the throne burn seven flaming torches, which are the seven spirits of God; and in front of the throne there is something like a sea of glass, like crystal.
Around the throne, and on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with a face like a human face, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and inside. Day and night without ceasing they sing,
"Holy, holy, holy,
the Lord God the Almighty,
who was and is and is to come."
And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to the one who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall before the one who is seated on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever; they cast their crowns before the throne, singing,
"You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created."
Ah! Today I am profoundly moved by the statement, "After this I looked, and there in heaven a door stood open!"
It is almost inconceivable that a door to heaven and to the throne room of God, would be open to a mere mortal.
Yet, we know that heavens doors were thrown upon wide by God when Love gave Jesus to die on the cross and rise on the third day all in order to save us from our sin, reconcile us with God, and gift us with eternal life!
Truly this is a Wondrous Love and when I think about it, I feel like the heavenly beasts and elders who praise God all day long declaring, ""Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come... "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created."
I don't know about you, but when I think of the goodness of Jesus and all that He has done for me, my soul cries out, "HALLELUJAH!!," thank God for saving me!
Won't you praise God today for the open door into heaven?
Let us pray:
Loving God, thank you that you have opened heavens doors to humanity. Thank you for loving and forgiving us at great cost. You are good and worthy to be praised from the rising of the sun to the setting of the same! I love you and I will share our love with others. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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