“Come Up Here!”

“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!’ …” (Revelation 4:1).

John the Apostle wrote of this encounter. This aging Apostle got a remarkable, angel-guided tour of Heaven that he detailed in his book of Revelation. He was commanded to tell us so much about what the life to come will look like.

Heaven was opened to John in such brilliance and beauty. The images of the glorified Son are precious and awesome. He has eyes of fire. His face shines. His garments are pure and golden. His hands hold stars. That’s all expressed in the first chapter of the book.

There are other amazing scenes that celebrate Jesus as the Lamb who was slain but who also will return in His ultimate full and glorious triumph. Of course, Revelation also provides accounts of the progression of wrath destined to fall upon the world system with its hellish leaders and those who refuse to repent of their sorceries, idolatry, and perversions.

“Come up here.” This phrase is the one I want to focus on. It says so much about what the Cross accomplished for us.

The Door to eternal things was before John. And then came those words – “Come up here!” — sounded out like a trumpet. It was something of a summons to him. As if they said, “Enter in and see.”

It was an invitation — one that could now be extended because of what had been done by the Lamb of God.

The Rent Veil

The climactic statement from the Cross was this one:  “It is finished” (see John 19:30). Christ put a full stop to all judgment. The sentences of justice for all had been satisfied. The life of the Son was given. Sin and death no longer had a hold on humanity.

The shout from Christ’s lips was an answer to His very prayer at the beginning of His passion. Once He was on the Cross, Jesus surveyed the maligners and scoffers, the soldiers and priests, and spoke these words:  “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (see Luke 23:34).

The “It is finished” cry released mercy to rejoice against judgment. The door of His presence was swung open wide. We know this because of the record of what happened after that announcement.

The victory shout set off thunders. The ground leaped. Rocks split. The Creation curses at work since man’s fall in Eden brought forth these rumblings; this was a stirring response that testified to the Son’s innocent Blood spilled out.

In the Temple, an even more demonstrative sign presented itself. A great curtain was torn. This divider hung before the Holy of Holies, where the Light of Glory was revealed when atonement was presented. The Veil was a hand-breadth thick and was embroidered with representations of cherubim, the sword-bearing guardians of the holiness of Heaven.

The tear came from the top down, as Christ put His last touches on the plan of Redemption with His fulfillment of all the words of the Law and the Prophets. Announced was a new and living way for all who believe on Him.

This open curtain bids us to come and see, come and tell, come and be made new.

Cherubim once stationed to keep members of the fallen race from His presence and His Tree of Life were ordered to stand down and to let us through to Him who so loved us.

The Answer from Heaven

Heaven was opened for us. Living in a New Creation had been made possible by the work of the Final Adam. The first Adam broke faith and forsook trust in the Word of his Maker. He took of the forbidden fruit in his act of pride.

Oh, how heartbreaking to think of what was lost until the Cross parted the Curtain.

Heaven had the Answer and always had one. The Lamb was slain from before the foundation of the earth; the purpose of the Son and His role as our sin offering had, in foreknowledge, been organized and set in motion.

This is the essence of Heaven with all of its glory. We are welcomed in as we are made one with Christ in God. Click To Tweet

This diminishes nothing in regard to the disastrous outcome of Adam’s awful choice. Death stings and I believe it stings God more than we realize. His grief is as deep and wide as all of eternity.

Angels behold the joy in the Lord’s presence at the finding of each lost one (see Luke 15). Still, there can never be such joy without tremendous holy agony. Some will be told to depart “for I never knew you” – oh, how the Lord shall mourn over those who will have chosen their own way in turning from Him.

On the Cross, Jesus answered the Fall when He was made the offering for all the sin of the world. The curse reached its completion upon Him who lived out His life perfection.

Now the Son may draw all to Himself (see John 12:32). The Veil was and is torn, so we may now come close. The choice is ours. The throne of grace bids us.

This is the essence of Heaven with all of its glory. We are welcomed in as we are made one with Christ in God.

It is a narrow way. Few find it. But those who find it hear and see; those who trust and obey enter the open Heaven of His grace and mercy.

The Now of His Presence

In the days of Moses and of Solomon, the completion of Tabernacle and Temple were punctuated by the coming of the cloud of the Lord to earth. Notice however, that the intensity of that Presence prevented anyone from entering into the space. Even Moses, the man who climbed Mount Sinai to meet the Lord and receive the commandments on tablets of stone, was excluded in Exodus 40:35:  “And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.”

That was then. Hallelujah, we rest in the now of His victory; His ever-presence made manifest by the Holy Spirit. We operate in Resurrection Life. The great Door of Eternity has swung open for us.

“Come up here.”

Hear those words and look up, Redemption draws near. Trumpet that message to your heart and mind. We belong to Him and to Heaven. The Cross and the Lamb speak forgiveness and cleansing now and forever.

Enter in and see. Imagine and listen to the Revelation shouts and songs ringing out:

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”

“Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!”

“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.”

Let us open our hearts to the fullness of Heaven and to the Way He has made for us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Andrulonis
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