This is the Day…Thursday
March 4, 2021
Just a Glimpse
Mount Mitchell is the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River. It stands at 6,684 feet tall. The state park covers 4,789 acres. On a clear day, from the top of the lookout tower on Mount Mitchell, one can see 85 miles in every direction and parts of five states.
Several years ago, I was on a camping trip at Mount Mitchell. It was one of those early fall days where it was nearly 80 degrees at home. But on the top of Mitchell the temperature was in the 40s and misting rain. Late that day I was standing at the top of the lookout tower, facing west. Unfortunately, the view was obstructed by some low clouds passing by. But then something amazing happened. The wind began to blow and the clouds in the western sky began to slowly part. Just at the right moment, all the clouds separated, and a small area of blue sky was revealed. Through that hole in the clouds, a single, large beam of sunshine came bursting down to the ground. It was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. For just a few moments, it was as though God opened the heavens and allowed us to get a glimpse of eternity.
Have you ever glimpsed eternity? Listen to what John reveals to us in the book of Revelation:
“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’” (Revelation 7:9-10)
John sees a vast crowd standing in the presence of Jesus Christ. They are standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They are dressed in white robes which represent purity. They have palm branches in their hands which are a symbol of victory. They are celebrating God’s victory!
That is certainly a different view than what we are experiencing here on Earth today. We live in a fallen world where God is dishonored. Where people refuse to stand beside each other. Where the evil of injustice seems to march without resistance, and barriers are built based on opinions and external attributes. While we are spending our time focusing on our differences, hearts of every race, creed and condition that need a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ are ignored.
But John gave us a glimpse of eternity. He revealed to us a time and a place where people from every nation, every tribe, every language will stand together as one before the Lamb. The multitude will be there, not because of who they are or what they have done or what they look like. They will be there because they know the Lamb. And the Lamb knows them. On this day God has given you, may we all strive to come together before the Lamb.