I was born at the end of the Second World War. During this time my father decided to divorce my mother, as he had wanted to marry a Belgian wife. So at the age of about 6 months he left, never to return. 64 years later, my phone rang. It was my father’s grandson who probably found my phone number from our inter-net site. I chatted to him for a few minutes and found out that my father was still alive.
Not long after that call, the phone rang again. ‘ Hello David...’ A strong north of England accent. It was my dad.
Arrangements were made and my wife and I flew to Brussels and spent a few days together with him. 64 years of not knowing anything about him, then there he was at the airport. I saw him in the flesh. It was a joyful reunion.
I have been a Christian over 50 years as I write this. I have not seen My Father God with my physical eyes but I have studied and studied His Word. From Paul’s first letter to Timothy I know this:
Our heavenly Father is the “King of kings and Lord of lords, Who alone has immortality (in the sense of exemption from every kind of death) and lives in unapproachable light., Whom no man has ever seen or can see,” (1 Tim. 6: 15, 16).
Nevertheless in Hebrews we are encouraged to “come boldly to His Throne of grace to find help in time of need,” (Heb. 4: 16). So with my spiritual body I can approach the unapproachable.
The Apostle Peter loved Jesus (John 21: 15 - 17). But after watching Jesus ascend to heaven from the Mount of Olives, (Acts 1: 9 - 11) Peter saw Him no more with His physical eyes. However writing to the Jews who had been scattered throughout Asian because of persecution, he encouraged them with these words: “Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not even now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy,” (1 Pet. 1: 8 Amp.).
As you read these words of Peter it seems like the translators were running out of superlatives in trying to express the inexpressible joy and love for Jesus that the Jewish followers had for the Messiah.
Our Father God is the King of kings. But who are the other kings?
We have already discussed this quoting John’s teaching from Revelation. He was writing you remember to the 7 churches in Asia. He saw Jesus among the 7 golden candlesticks (which represent the 7 churches). He described Him as “The first begotten from the dead, the Prince of the kings of the earth. To Him Who loved us and washed us from our sins in His Own Blood, and has made us kings and priests to God and Father, be glory and dominion for ever,” (Rev. 1: 5, 6).
So there we have the answer. He made us the kings. So He is the King of kings!
Jesus is referred to as the Prince of the kings. Isaiah called Him the Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6). He is our “High Priest, Who is seated at the right Hand of the Throne of the majestic God in heaven,” (Heb. 8: 1).
The scene in heaven then is God the Father on the Throne, Jesus the Lamb of God seated at His right hand, 4 Living creatures (probably Seraphim as they had 6 wings, Isaiah 6: 2), the elders of the heavenly Sanhedrin, and tens of thousands of angels (Rev. 5: 11 Amp.)
All of these were singing: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory and blessing,” (Rev. 5: 12). Their song was joined by “every created thing in heaven, on earth and under the earth,” (Rev. 5: 13).
You may have thought that a full stadium football crowd could sing loudly. I tell you that is not in the same league as the worship in heaven. And we are going to be taking part in that song of heaven.
We will enter heaven as sons (and daughters) of God. John wrote in his first letter: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God and it doesn’t yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when He shall appear we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is,” (1 John 3: 2).
The Bible is a great Book. The climax of the last chapter is in Revelation 22. Describing the city of the heavenly Jerusalem, John says this: “The Throne of God of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall worship Him. They shall see His face and His Name shall be on their foreheads,”(Rev.22: 3, 4).
Yes you read that right! We shall see His face. The face of the Father, the face of the Lamb. The most radiant light filled faces in the whole universe.
“There shall be no more night; they will be no need for lamplight or sunlight, for the Lord God will illuminate them and be their light; and they shall reign as kings forever and ever (through the eternities of the eternities)”, (Rev. 22: 5Amp.).
There is the promise again, to reign as kings forever with Him. This for sure is the greatest of all the benefits of salvation. Go ahead and praise Him.