The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
Comfort to Christians
When you hear the word “church” what do you think of?
Maybe you think of the people who gather on a Sunday morning to worship. Maybe you think a little bigger than that and you think of everyone who worships Jesus around the world. However, it’s easy to forget that the church is even bigger and includes not just people from different places but different times as well.
The book of Revelation reminds us that the Christian church consists of all believers in Jesus as their Savior from sin and hope for eternal life. It includes all believers—those who still live in this world as well as those whose souls are now in heaven. It tells us that after this world ends, all of God’s people will be together and will see God’s face. It paints a picture, not of the struggling church we so often see today but of the glorious church, we will be one day.
This image is a wonderful comfort to Christians when they are facing difficult times. When they feel small and alone, they can remember that they are part of a larger body that goes beyond where they live and even when they live. When they feel defeated, they can remember that, in the end, Jesus’ Church will be victorious. When their faith flounders and they wonder whether God is really with them, they can look forward to the day when they will see him face to face.
This is the reason the church talks so much about heaven. They know how wonderful it will be when they are all gathered there together. Then, finally, they will see the church as it really is.
Lord God, comfort me with the truth about your church as I look forward to seeing it gathered one day in your presence. Amen.