Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. (Revelation 4:4)
There are many ways in which the Christian is to live on earth as it is lived in heaven. Today I want to encourage you by reminding you of your nearness to your Savior. The twenty-four elders described in today’s verse, all seated surrounding our Savior, represent all the saints in heaven, who will see the face of God (Revelation 22:4).
These elders seated in the throne room of God provide us with three biblical truths: their vision is clear, their access is constant, and their fellowship is close. And these qualities have been granted to every saint who has, by grace through faith, trusted in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. While they will not all receive equal rewards for their faithful and fruitful service while on earth, each saint has an equal share of their Savior—resting in His unwavering love, His unending mercy, and His unrelenting grace. All the saints will enjoy the marriage supper of the Lamb.
Should we not, as disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ, imitate on earth what exists in heaven when it comes to the saint’s proximity to the Prince of Peace? Close and constant communion with Him must occupy the center and the circumference of our lives. Let us not allow anything to come between us and our Savior—not temptations to sin nor the trials of Satan nor the business of this life. We are more than conquerors through Jesus, who loved us so much that He took our place on a cross so that we might take our place at His table.
How near have you been to your Savior lately? Have you been spending time in the Word? Have you been in daily communion with Him through prayer? Has anything come between you and Jesus? If your answer is yes, I urge you to take the necessary steps to remove that obstruction as far as the east is from the west. Jesus will tolerate no rivals, nor should He. Keep close communion with Jesus on earth, as it in heaven, and you will experience the truth of John 15:5—“If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.”
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!