Perfect Service, Perfect Freedom, Perfect Glory
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No longer will there be any curse. 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.
The Bible is above all things a realistic book - it is about Truth from the God who is Truth and so completely reliable, a sure guide to helping us negotiate our way through this would with the eye of faith firmly fixed on the next world.
Here we live in a world under curse - it is literally a ‘damned world’. Only the most dewy-eyed optimist would deny that. But in the world to come the curse will be lifted because Jesus bore that curse on the cross. And so all the things attendant upon that curse will be gone too - labouring without much profit, God’s presence being obscure, the lack of identity.
In this precious verse we are told that we will serve the Lord. There will be no other ‘lords’ demanding our allegiance, tyrants who would oppress us. There will only be Jesus whom we will be able to serve perfectly, tirelessly and joyfully without end.
We shall also ‘see his face’. Seeing the smile of our Saviour will itself be our reward. When we see him we will, as the Scripture reminds us, be like him. To see God’s face is the greatest honour that can be bestowed upon any creature and it will be ours.
His name will be on our foreheads. C.H. Spurgeon describes this promise in this way, ‘They gaze upon their Lord till his name is photographed upon their brows. They are acknowledged by him, and they acknowledge him. The secret mark of inward grace develops into the public sign-manual of confessed relationship.’
Dear Heavenly Father, whose promises find their ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ in Jesus, give us these things in their beginnings here, that we may possess them in their fullness in your divine kingdom in heaven. Amen.