HEAVEN CAN’T WAIT
Rev. 4:2-3 ¶ Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.
The Apostle John was doing his best to describe the indescribable. He was seeing the very radiance of the Glory of the Son of God, there is nothing in this creation that even comes close to His beauty. You see, the beauty of The Lord is more than just a physical beauty, it is the very goodness of His nature on display. His inward perfection is shining out in a brilliant display that John said was like an emerald rainbow. The Apostle Paul was also caught up into what he called the third heaven. He spent the rest of His life trying to find words to describe what he could only say was unspeakable. Have you ever wondered what really makes heaven heaven? It has to be more than the golden streets. It is not just the eternal aspect of this incredible place. I don’t think its even the prospect of seeing our loved ones. No, what makes heaven heaven is none of these things. These are only the shadows, the substance of the joy of heaven is Jesus Himself. Without Him there would obviously not be any heaven. Charles Spurgeon also tried to describe the radiance of the Sun of Righteousness. Check out his thoughts.
“In heaven there shall be no interruptions from care or sin; no weeping shall dim our eyes; no earthly business shall distract our happy thoughts; we shall have nothing to hinder us from gazing for ever on the Sun of Righteousness with unwearied eyes. Oh, if it be so sweet to see him now and then, how sweet to gaze on that blessed face for ever, and never have a cloud rolling between, and never have to turn one’s eyes away to look on a world of weariness and woe! Blest day, when wilt thou dawn? Rise, O unsetting sun! The joys of sense may leave us as soon as they will, for this shall make glorious amends. If to die is but to enter into uninterrupted communion with Jesus, then death is indeed gain, and the black drop is swallowed up in a sea of victory.”
Now the only question left to ask is this, who will be in this place called heaven? Those who have never been born again can’t even imagine what the attraction is. Their thoughts are only on earthly things. Will there be marriage in heaven, will there be pets? Can I eat whatever I want? Actually none of these things will even come to mind in that day. Our attention and senses will be so overwhelmed with the radiance of Christ that the other circumstances won’t even come to mind. For those who have never been born again, heaven really has no attraction. For those who know Christ, they can hardly think of anything else.