Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Revelation 4:1-11

Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.

WOW! Today’s reading is a mind bender. John was on some high quality stuff when he wrote this. I think (know) the stuff is called GOD.

Last Tuesday we talked about the physical and spiritual nature of man. This week, John takes us directly into our spiritual world. He “reveals” what awaits our spiritual self. Revelations 4 is a series of images of Heaven that waits for us. John uses our physical senses to communicate a spiritual reality. Not an easy thing to do. He starts with the open door to heaven. Get that? – an OPEN door. Heaven is ready for us and we are expected and welcome. It is hard to ignore the blast of a trumpet so we will be welcomed with clarity and fanfare.

John acknowledges that he is “in the Spirit”. What he is describing is a spiritual experience. Though he used physical images it is clearly a spiritual experience. It would be difficult (impossible?) to understand what all this means if you didn’t acknowledge your own spiritual reality. John's revelations require a certain level of spiritual understanding.

He describes God on his throne, the surrounding elders with crowns and the living creatures with eyes. His use of color, sound, smell and size creates for me a sense of awe, smallness and humbleness. I won’t pretend to understand the meaning of these images. At my age, I am well beyond trying to figure it out. I don’t need to. His description does not describe Jesus' presence specifically. Has our risen Lord taken on these spiritual forms to represent the world he saved?? Who knows?

What I do know is that God is awesome. He resides in heaven and he welcomes me there. Together with all those who have gone before me and all the other spiritual realities there, we will all bow down and worship God on his throne of Power singing “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY IS THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS, IS AND IS TO COME.”

This stuff just gets better and better.

John Dickie

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