“You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it.
For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10 And you have caused them to become a Kingdom of priests for our God.
And they will reign on the earth.”
11 Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. 12 And they sang in a mighty chorus:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered— to receive power and riches
and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.”
13 And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang:
“Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.”
14 And the four living beings said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb.
Perhaps the greatest picture of congregational worship is found in Revelation 4-5 where John has this vision of the throne room of God, of worship in heaven. In John’s vision, the heavenly hosts are praising and worshiping the Lamb who was slaughtered. That Lamb is Jesus Christ, who suffered, was crucified, died, and was buried. The Lamb of God was sacrificed on our behalf that we may be forgiven and have new life.
Worship in heaven will be passionate, whole-hearted, and multi-ethnic — and the church is, in some sense, already seated with Christ in heaven through faith (Ephesians 1:3; Hebrews 12:22–24). No one should disagree with exhortations to worship God like that.
This passage is a glimpse into worship in heaven and we seek to reflect that here on earth. The God who needs nothing demands everything, but so often other things get in the way of our worship of Jesus.
Make an intentional effort today to reflect heaven and gather at the throne of Jesus.