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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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April 16, 2010 - What a Sight!

By Jerry Scott

From the top of the Empire State Building, you can see several states and take in an unbelievable view of the huge metropolitan area. At 14,000 feet above sea level, Pikes Peak in Colorado offers a spectacular vista — the great plains to the east, the majestic Rocky Mountains to the west. I will never forget standing in a sea of men on the Mall in Washington, D.C., at a Promise Keepers event. More than a quarter of a million men sang praise to God and then fell to their knees in silent prayer. What a sight!

Nothing, however, compares to the scene described by John in Revelation 4. “Come up here,” John hears Jesus say. And, caught up in the Spirit, he sees a vision of the throne room of God. What a sight to see! Reflecting from a great expanse of crystal, like a “sea of glass,” John sees God on the throne ablaze with light, fiery red. A glowing aura of emerald green surrounds Him. Twenty-four thrones surround His throne, where elders representing the people of God offer up their worship to Him. Amazing winged creatures pour out a refrain of “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, eternal!” amidst flashes of light and thunderous rumblings.

So, what do we do with these images? More to the point, what do such images do to us? John’s vision has but one goal — to bring the reader to awe! Most of us have only a slim idea of what worship involves. Say, “worship,” and we usually think about singing several devotional songs, or perhaps raising our hands or offering a prayer. There’s nothing wrong with those things, and they are certainly part of worship, but true worship is birthed by a vision of God that evokes the same kind of awe from us that Isaiah felt when he glimpsed God’s throne. Don’t miss the point of John’s vision by reducing it to its component parts.

Take some time to read and ponder John’s vision in Revelation 4. Step back, as you would from a painting done by a master, and take in the whole. My prayer is that the Spirit will make it so real that you will be reduced to silence, incapable of anything short of awe-struck admiration.

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Washington (N.J.) Assembly of God.

 

 

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