Friday, January 10, 2014

The Glories of Home


The Glories of Home

I have been thinking of a place called Heaven recently, with the loss of my dear Mother-in-law, and a very sweet friend, the magnificence of Heaven has captivated my mind. The thought of heaven being filled with the presence of the Lord God Himself, compelled this brief writing in hopes that your heart would be drawn to a place we call, “Home.” The Bible describes heaven as a place in which sadness, pain, and death itself will end once and for all and the presences of the LORD will overwhelm your eternal soul forever.

Scripture tells us of a few sights we will see when we reach heaven’s gates. We’ll enter the very throne room of the Majesty on High and see the One who sits upon the throne. Isaiah said, “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up...and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 61,3). The Bible tells us that God’s throne is unquestionably in heaven according to Psalms 11:4 which says, “The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven...” And knowing that God’s throne is forever in heaven (unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever, Revelation 5:13b) gives us a presences of mind that He is permanent, unchanging, and completely in control of the entire universe. He governs the world, not merely as Creator, but as Savior. 

We are told that around the throne is an emerald rainbow, Revelation 4:3b, “and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald,” showing the grandeur and excellence of the glory of God. Ezekiel 1:28  reads, “As the appearance of the bow (rainbow) that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake. As Ezekiel fell on his face before God’s throne, he saw a throne of glory, a throne of grace, a throne of triumph and a throne of judgment. We too, will see a throne as Ezekiel observed and experience the throne of glorious triumphant grace.

White garments will be worn by those in heaven, symbolizing Christ’s righteousness imputed to believers at salvation. The saints arrayed in garments of pure white will be invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb, a feast prepared for His bride. “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God” (Revelation 19:8,9).

Worship will take place in heaven, a mighty chorus of praise to our God on His throne. “...and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever...and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:8b-11). None of these dear saints are concerned with their own holiness, honor, or reward for all those things pale into insignificance and become meaningless in light of the glory of God.

These are only a few of the sights that we will see as we enter the splendor of heaven. Our journey “Home” will be the most magnificent and breathtaking trip we will ever take. We’ll never run out of money, we’ll never run out of time and certainly never ever have to vacate the premises. The city we call Heaven or “Home” has walls of jasper and gates of pearl. The streets are clear as glass made of pure gold such as we have never seen before. Could we ever imagine or contemplate such a city as is described for us in the Word of God? How glorious it will be and yet, this is only a faint and dim representation of what heaven is truly like.

Thought: When reading this song, think of those who have gone on before you, and contemplate the excitement of one day finally being “Home.”

Finally Home 

When engulfed by the terror of the tempestuous sea, 
Unknown waves before you roll; 
At the end of doubt and peril is eternity, 
Though fear and conflict seize your soul. 

When surrounded by the blackness of the darkest night, 
O how lonely death can be; 
At the end of this long tunnel is a shining light, 
For death is swallowed up in victory! 

Chorus
But just think of stepping on shore-And finding it Heaven! 
Of touching a hand-And finding it God's! 
Of breathing new air-And finding it celestial! 
Of waking up in glory-And finding it home! 

Words by L. E Singer, 20th century
Music by Don Wyrtzen, 1942

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