Give me “Behold,” “Jesus,” and “Door,” as part of a Book of Revelation bible quiz, and I’m gonna respond, Revelation 3:20. I’m going to think immediately of the door Jesus stands at and knocks upon. The door which, if anyone hears and opens, Jesus promises to enter . . . “to come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me.” But this morning I’m reminded of another answer to “Behold,” “Jesus,” and “Door.” Another door to be opened.
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.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with One seated on the throne. And He who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. (Revelation 4:1-3 ESV)
John, being in the Spirit, has just received by divine revelation the letters to the seven churches (ch. 2 and 3). The revelation was delivered by a “loud voice like a trumpet” (1:10) . . . the voice belonging to “one like a Son of Man” (1:13) . . . He who is “the First and the Last, and the Living One” (1:17) . . . He who died and behold is alive and holds the “keys of Death and Hades” (1:18). That “loud voice” John heard was the voice of the risen, glorified, Jesus . . . the Christ who stands in the midst of the churches.
And now, in chapter four, John hears that voice again.
There is a door standing open in heaven. A door which captures John’s gaze. And then he hears that trumpet-like loud voice as he did at first. This time inviting him to “Come up here.”
He who invites men and women to open the doors of their hearts so that He might come in, is the One who will call them to enter through the door He has opened into heaven so that they might come up. A door entered in through the active agency of the Spirit. A door opened to the glory of a throne and of Him who sits upon it.
The loud voice that John heard reminds me that there is another door to be opened.
It has already been unlocked through the blood shed by the Lamb of God, come to take away the sin of the world. It has already been accessed by those who have gone on before, those already promoted into glory, those who have heard again the Voice that once invited them to believe, now ushering them in to receive.
And I can’t help but sit back in wonder and praise God for another door to be opened. For faith to give way to sight. For the foretaste of glory to give way to the “full meal deal” of eternity.
And I can’t help but thank Him for the Voice. Once a whisper wooing me to Himself. Now an abiding resonance within me through the Spirit. But one day, a loud, trumpet-like voice saying, “Come up here!” . . . . and enter into another door to be opened.
All because of grace . . . all for His glory.