I Can Only Imagine
by Beth Voltmann
We enter stage right, stepping into the scene of the heavenly revelation given to John. Why are his eyes moist? He has just been weeping that no one was found worthy to open the scroll. But wait, an elder says, “Do not weep! See the LION of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able…” (Rev. 5:5)
Yet, when John looks up through tear-filled eyes, he sees a LAMB as though slain… (v. 5:6). My heart beats faster whenever I read this passage! John was given a vision of The Triumphant Christ - The Lion of Judah - The Lamb of God standing at the right hand of the Father.
Picture yourself in that throne room surrounded by four living creatures and twenty-four elders as they fall down before the Lamb; smell the incense from the prayers of the saints rising before the throne; hear the praise fill the air.
“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain…” (v. 9)
And then, look up to see thousands upon thousands of angels encircling the throne as their voices join the chorus of praise…
“Worthy is the Lamb…!” (v 12)
The atmosphere must have been palpable, vibrating with the excellencies of the Lamb and radiating with the glory of God.
The lyrics of the song, “I Can Only Imagine” by Bart Millard of Mercy Me come to mind:
Surrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel?
Will I dance for You, Jesus
Or in awe of You be still?
Will I stand in Your presence
Or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing hallelujah?
Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine
John, as a disciple of Jesus, was experiencing a very difficult season of life when given this revelation. He was old and exiled for his faith on the rocky and barren island of Patmos. Though his body might have been feeling the struggle, I know that His spirit soared with praise!
Lord, thank you for the revelation given to John and recorded in Your Word. May we join in worship today - “Worthy is the Lamb!” We can only imagine what it will be like to be in Christ’s
Presence, but, as Job did, we declare with confidence, amid life’s difficulties, we know our Redeemer lives. How our hearts yearn for the day we will meet Jesus face to face!