Introduction: In these two chapters of the final book of the Bible, Jesus our Lord reveals to John the beloved disciple the perfect and continuous worship that always has taken place, and is even now taking place, in heaven. His majestic picture of God’s throne and God’s rule above the chaos of this world is shared by John to give the “saints” here on earth a sense of the eternal security we have in Jesus Christ – something the hymn writer called a “foretaste of glory divine.” A praising saint is a victorious saint. The Bible clearly tells us that when history closes here on earth (and it will), only praise and worship will continue into eternity. This often misunderstood book which concludes the Holy Scriptures has an unmistakably clear message to us today:
I. WE HAVE AN ETERNAL ROOTING SECTION.
a. There is a whole host, a heavenly “Hall of Fame” cheering us on!
b. These beloved believers who have gone before us tell us to keep running toward the finish line.
II. DON’T BE OVERWHELMED BY THE WORLD.
a. The winner is determined by who signs the letter!
b. Our names have been forever inscribed in the Lamb’s Book of Life – our God signs the letter!
III. WE ARE THE WINNING SIDE.
a. The Lamb wins – and the saints are winning in the kingdom now.
b. We are more than conquerors.
Romans 8:37 Genesis 49:9-10 Psalm 116:15
I Corinthians 2:9 Psalm 22:3 Hebrews 12:1