Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Revelation 4:1-11; Ps 150 Holy, Holy, holy Lord, mighty God!Luke 19:11-28

How can one put words on a scene that is indescribable?  Have you ever had an experience where words didn't seem to do justice to the occasion?  Have you ever tried to explain or describe something only to find that the words pale in comparison to the reality beheld?

Sometimes words just don't work or carry the full impact of the experience.

Think about John today in the book of revelation trying his best to describe the immense reality of heaven.  So many angles by one is to approach the celestial realm, where is one to begin.

Where does one's eyes fall as a gaze peers through the open door.  First things first I suppose as John points out, "a throne  was there in heaven and on the throne sat one whose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian.  Around the throne was a halo as brilliant as an emerald."

Try to imagine such a sight.  Let your imagination go.  But first you may want to google carnelian and revisit the glow of jasper and emeralds.  It certainly won't hurt.

To the right is a glimpse of carnelian.

Needless to say, quite a sight was revealed.

Then as you continue to read there are elders wearing white with gold crowns with flashing of lighting, rumblings, peals of thunder.  There were seven flaming torches burning in front of the thrown.  Imagine how the fire dances in the jasper, carnelian, and emerald glow.

Then we get to the "that which resembled a sea of glass like crystal."

Then the echo of "holy, holy, holy The Lord God almighty..." resounding in the celestial realm.

At last we must admit it is too much to piece together in our tiny little heads.  So what is the proper response when such a sight is revealed and our eyes behold such amazement?

Awe, Wonder, and Sorrow.  We stand in awe and we wonder at such amazement and we are sad for w know we are not worthy and yet this is what awaits us in faith.  Our sorrow is for our selves for we are aware just how little we have prepared ourselves for such a treat.  Yet the door is open for all to see.

Mystery, power, opulence, splendor.  All of this is for all of us who journey in faith.

Who would dare refuse such a king?

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