“But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit,
looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God,
and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see heaven open
and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’”
Acts 7:55-56 (NIV)
I vividly recall my first visit to western Canada and had my first sight of the majestic Rocky Mountains. It was overwhelming to say the least! Looking at the snow capped, craggy, lofty mountains took my breath away. I just wanted to stand and gaze and gaze on the spectacular sight. I thought of their immense stability and size compared to my own size like a grain of sand.
Stephen had an even more glorious sight as he was about to die than my gazing at the mountains. Two worlds momentarily merged as the Lord’s servant moved from this world to heaven. It is wonderful that Stephen did not speak about the beautiful world he was entering. Instead he saw “…the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.”
It is impossible to describe the overwhelming joy Stephen must have experienced that day as his eyes finally saw the One whom he loved in life and now saw finally in death. Then to hear the Saviour’s words, “Well done good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21). Can any experience in this life be worthy of comparison to that welcome home?
The sights and sounds of heaven will amaze and thrill every saint as they end their faith journey here and have faith turn into sight there. Do you find yourself longing for heaven and the Good Shepherd today? Do you long for your eternal home? Are you eager to see your eternal home lovingly prepared for you by our beloved Saviour? Can you honestly pray, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus”?
Today look for the coming of our blessed Redeemer and your mind and heart shall be stabilized. You will endure as you gaze on the invisible One (Hebrews 11:27). May today be a wonderfully rich spiritual experience for you.