Heaven will be breathtaking! When we arrive there, we will see so many things that it will be hard to decide what to see first. We will see the Glory of God, His Throne and Justice. But John saw something else there that attracted his attention. Besides the beauty, majesty, and awesomeness he saw a “Lamb looking as if it had been slain. Revelation 5:6.”
This was the next thing that he saw and we will see in Heaven. John made clear that it was Jesus. John the Baptist called Him “The Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. John 1:29.”After seeing the glory of God and His justice we will turn and see the Sacrifice of Jesus like it has just happened. That vision will remind us important lessons about Heaven.
A – It Will Remind Us the Reason to Be There –We will know and see that we are in Heaven not because of our good deeds, but because of Jesus’ sacrifice. When we see that “lamb looking as if it had been slain”, we will know the reason. We will be in Heaven because of Jesus and not because of anything that we did. It was he who promised a place for us:“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.John 14:2-3.”
B – It Will Remind Us the Price of Being There –John saw a lamb that was just sacrificed. That vision made an indelible mark in John’s mind and heart. It will mark us too. That will show us the price that was paid for our salvation. This is what Peter in his first letter wrote: “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1Pet. 1:18-19.”That will be an eternal reminder in Heaven. We will be able to see the scars on Jesus’ hands, feet, and side, and realize that a high price was paid for us.
C – It Will Remind Us the Love That Brought Us There –That vision will reminds us of the Great Love that God has for us. We will be there because of that wonderful and sacrificial love. John 3:16 will echo in our minds and hearts: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,”and also 1John 3:16: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”
Jesus, the Lamb of God, who gave His life for us, will be one of the first things in Heaven. We will see Him, and we will not be able to contain ourselves. We will join the voices of people from all over the world and praise and thank Him for His wonderful grace and love.
We do not need to get to Heaven to begin to worship Him, thank Him, and surrender our lives to Him. We can start right now.
Have a blessed week,