March 15, 2023: Come Up Here
"After this, I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this." (Revelation 4:1, ESV)
What a sight to behold! An open door to heaven! Can you imagine what John must have felt at that moment? "Am I allowed to look?" "I want to look." "Is it safe to look?" Would brilliant light be pouring forth from the open door? Or would it just appear to be open? And what about that voice? It sounded like a trumpet, loud and piercing. It makes one's soul tremble at its hearing. And yet the invitation: "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
God is always giving His people the opportunity to encounter Him. Like a good Father, he wants to surprise us often with 'snap shots' of His goodness. Jesus calls us friends (Jn 15:15) because He wants us to know what the Father is doing. Jesus encourages us to ask, seek and knock (Mt 7:7) so that we might find Him and His ways.
Jesus tore the temple curtain from top to bottom with His own flesh. The door could not be any more open than it is right now. He looks for those who are spiritually hungry and willing to come to Him so that they might see more clearly. Having a "Yes!" in our hearts takes us into the Spirit. And it is in the Spirit that we can see what He sees!
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