Wednesday, August 21, 2013

THE CALL OF CHRIST TO THE LAODICEAN CHURCH

To the last church, the Laodicean church, the Lord cries, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20).

That is the last call of Christ to the church. There will come a spirit of lukewarmness and multitudes will grow cold. But He is saying to His people, "I'm asking to be heard. Open up. Let Me into your secret closet. Let Me talk with you and you with Me. Let's commune. That's how I will keep you from the hour of temptation that is coming on all the world."

John, in his revelation, talks about a day when our Lord's heart shall be lonely no more. “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. . . . And God himself shall be with them . . . and [God] said . . . I will give him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely” (Revelation 21:2-6).

That means free and full communication with no middle wall of partition; no dark glasses; no partial knowledge, but face-to-face conversation! We think of how glorious it will be to spend an eternity praising our Lord, bowing at His knee. But have you ever tried to realize what that great homecoming will mean to our Savior? All His children home, free to share His very being. He will make us all sit down, and out of His innermost being will flow rivers of glorious truth. As He did on the road to Emmaus, our Redeemer will begin at Moses and take us all through the prophets. He will share the secrets of the universe; He will unfold every plan. Every cloud of darkness will be dispelled. Christ will share for an eternity!

I see that the real joy of heaven is not just ours, but His. Our greatest joy in heaven will be to see His joy as He talks to us freely, face to face. We will see Christ fulfilled, His needs fully met.