“Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne,
just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.”
Rev. 3:21, NLT
The books of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Revelation give us glimpses of what heaven looks like, and the glory surrounding the throne. God the Father sits on His throne, and Jesus the Son of God is on a throne next to Him. In this verse, Jesus says the victorious will sit with Him on His throne. I’m not sure I understand all this. If you take it literally, it sounds cozy and amazing, but also
a little crowded.
I think of King Solomon’s throne. He built: “a great throne covered with ivory and overlaid with fine gold. The throne had six steps, and its back had a rounded top. On both sides of the seat were armrests, with a lion standing beside each of them. Twelve lions stood on the six steps, one at either end of each step. Nothing like it had ever been made for any other kingdom” (1 Ki. 10:18-20).
That sounds magnificent and ornate, like a splashy display of power and wealth. But it also sounds cold and uncomfortable, but then I’m sure he had a lot of richly embroidered cushions too. Jesus’ throne will be even better.
What does all this rambling have to do with our sitting with the Father and Son on their thrones? I think it will not only be breathtakingly beautiful and filled with glory, but also comfortable. Companionable. It won’t be like a never-ending family visit, where everyone runs out of things to say, yet continue to fill the space with awkward conversation. All of them long to be anywhere else, except the bore who talks on and on, seemingly unaware no one is interested.
No, when we get to heaven, we’re going to have so much to talk about; so many questions to ask. We will be so full of wonder and praise in the Presence of our Lord and Savior, that we might even just sit there speechless for a time, adoring Him. It definitely won’t be boring or tiresome.
And finally, it will be restful. Although there will be lots to do in heaven, we won’t have the pressure of time. There will be opportunities for worship, action, and for savoring the delights created for us, the children of God. The victorious. I want to experience this, don’t you?