I’ve always been moved by the heavenly vision the Apostle John portrays in Revelation 7:9-10:
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
If you’ve ever been to a reunion, you know the special joy of reconnecting with long lost friends and family. I imagine this heavenly assembly will feel something like that, only on a much, much grander scale. Imagine the joy of seeing your brothers and sisters in Christ from all over the world and across the centuries, now face-to-face in glory. What glory!
What a special moment this must be for our Triune God as well. In this moment, as the great throng of multitudes join in glory together, I imagine the joy of each member of the Trinity brimming to overflow. After all, these are the hand-crafted beings created by the Father. These are the blood-bought souls redeemed by the Son. These are the grace-infused lives sanctified by the Spirit. And it’s all coming to fruition. The great redemption project of history has been accomplished by Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that together have brought many sons and daughters to glory. Can you imagine the joy of the Father, Son, and Spirit as they join together in the revelation of the sons and daughters of God in their glorious forever home? What joy!
We truly are loved more than we know, my friends!
PS—Krista and I are away at the Veritas retreat this weekend, but I know you’ll be encouraged by the message that Pastor Emeritus Erwin Lutzer brings to the pulpit this morning.