After these things I looked, and there was a door standing open in heaven! …a throne was standing in heaven with someone seated on it! And the one seated on it was like jasper and carnelian in appearance, and a rainbow looking like it was made of emerald encircled the throne. (Revelation 4:1-3)
Then I saw standing in the middle of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the middle of the elders, a Lamb that appeared to have been killed. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. (Revelation 5:6)
Open the portal between our dimension and heaven and a singular reality presents itself—the Lamb before the throne. Jesus stands before God as the sacrificial Lamb who removes divine judgment from treacherous offspring. Surrounding this epicenter of life is a crystal sea, four celestial beings, twenty-four elders, and a myriad of angels. Everything bows to worship God and his Lamb. It’s a sight so breathtaking that John couldn’t find words to describe his vision. He made do with jasper, carnelian, rainbow, and emerald.
The glory of this reality doesn’t eclipse who I am—rather, it shines eternal significance onto my life. Jesus holds the right hand of God, and, incredibly, in his other hand is mine. I’m attached to the radiant source of existence. His life beams to me, and my worship reflects on him. I’m irrevocably connected through heaven’s singular reality.
Because of my connection, temptations convert into holy opportunities. Hold an eternal being on corrupt earth, then tie him to his own sinful nature and see if he still worships God. When he overcomes, the praise such a creation brings his Creator is multiplied sevenfold beyond all the bowing in heaven. How I handle my trials is a most important part of the adoration surrounding the throne.
When I’m down here on earth feeling small, I need to look beyond the physical, to what John saw—the Lamb before the throne. That singular reality changes who I am, and binds me—body, mind, and spirit—to the throne of all dominion.
I’m not so small after all.
Prayer: To the One seated on the throne and to the Lamb, be praise, glory, and honor.