“BE PART OF SOMETHING BIG!”
Around the city of Houston, Texas, are a number of huge (14 feet by 48 feet!) billboards advertising Houston’s NBA team, the Rockets. The purpose of these billboards is to stir up excitement for the team’s upcoming basketball season. The idea is that people will come out to see the Rockets play because, after all, everyone wants to be part of something bigger than themselves, bigger than life itself. Deep down inside, everyone wants to be a part of something big! Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever witnessed something big and wished that you could actually be a part of it?
While exiled on the island of Patmos, the apostle John was given a vision by the Holy Spirit of something big. That something big, which John recorded in the book of Revelation, was the throne room of God. And the scene that John witnessed in that heavenly throne room eclipsed anything that could possibly be considered “big” here on earth. In the center of the throne room, God sat on His throne (Revelation 4:2). The essence of God was impossible to describe in human words. The best that John could do was to use comparisons to the precious stones, jasper and sardius (Revelation 4:3).
The throne was encircled by a rainbow and around the throne of God were twenty-four thrones upon which sat the twenty-four elders (Revelation 4:4). Flashes of lightning and peals of thunder came from out of the throne, and before the throne were seven lamps of fire and a sea of glass, like crystal (Revelation 4:5-6). And, in the center, standing around the throne, were four living creatures filled with eyes in front of them and behind them. One of these creatures was like a lion, one like a calf, one had a face like a man, and one was like an eagle. Each of these creatures had six wings (Revelation 4:6-8).
As John took in this heavenly vision, the four living creatures were continually saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, Who was and Who is and Who is to come” (Revelation 4:8). And, as the living creatures gave glory, honor, and thanks to God, the twenty-four elders fell to their knees before God. They cast their golden crowns before God and said, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created” (Revelation 4:9-11).
In chapter 5 of Revelation, the Lamb of God entered into the scene, which then became even bigger and more glorious. The Lamb, of course, is Jesus, and the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before Him in worship, while holding a harp and golden bowls of incense. That incense is the prayers of the saints, your prayers, and mine. And then, the scene gets even bigger! The four living creatures and the twenty-four elders are joined in their worship service by many angels, so many that the number of those now worshiping at the throne was in the thousands of thousands! (Revelation 5:6-12)
John’s description of the heavenly throne room of God, limited as it was by human words, is the picture of something bigger than all of us. One can’t read the words of Revelation and not be completely enthralled, in awe of the greatness and magnificence of our God. The picture that John gave us is a picture of something big that I’m sure all of us would like to be a part of. We know that we are represented there by our prayers, but here’s the best part! Revelation 5:13-14 says,
“And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, ‘To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.’ And the four living creatures kept saying, ‘Amen.’ And the elders fell down and worshiped.”
Did you catch that? We are there! We are a part of the something that’s bigger than anything we could ever dream of. Look at what it says at the beginning of those two verses: “And every created thing which is heaven and on the earth…” Every created thing. “Every created thing” means everything that God created, and Genesis 1:27 says that God created man in His own image. He created all of us, both men and women. Since God created us, we are included in “every created thing” that stands before the throne of God, worshiping the One who sits on the throne, and worshiping the Lamb. We are part of something really big!