WHAT A REVELATION
Every so often one is blessed to see visions of beauty in a sunset or mountain majesty here on this earth. I am sure everyone one of you can recall a moment when you were so amazed that you could hardly breathe. It may have been in nature, it may have been a grandchild’s playing, it may have been some breathtaking artwork. For some it might even be listening to Bach or Motzart. It could have even been a horseshoe at Darcy’s. There are times when whatever the view or the inspiration, we may have thought: we’re in heaven.
The past several weeks the Epistle readings have come from the Revelation to St. John (and they continue through the Easter season). Since Easter Sunday our hopelessness has been turned to amazement and joy. The anger of a holy God has changed to grace and favor. The Lamb who was slain is back! You don’t have to imagine heaven, this is heaven!
These post-Easters readings have given a very real glimpse of glory. In John’s revelation we see what he sees. God is in the midst of a multitude of angels who are encircling the throne and the four living creatures and the elders are singing in a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb!”
John’s vision is of the majesty of the Lord, in heaven. This is a vision of the kind that would give you goose bumps or make your hair stand up straight. But as awesome as the view is, and as majestic a sight of worship of the Lord seated in power and might, the real message is what God has done and what God promises to do—for you and for me.
The revelation that God wants you to see is not just the power and might and majesty of heaven; it’s not just that Christ is victorious and worthy. The revelation is that this is yours.
God has made you His own in the waters of Holy Baptism. You sins have been washed away because the Lamb’s blood cleanses. Christ has redeemed you to be His own. God has placed His name on you. He continues to strengthen you and give you the assurance of forgiveness and eternal life through the Word and the Holy Supper of Christ’s body and blood. The glory and the beauty and majesty of the Good News in Christ is that we have hope in this world—and always—because of Jesus.