Revelation 21:22-24 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light shall the nations walk; and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it,
We live in a culture of celebrity – who is important, who is powerful, who is popular – these are things that matter, at least to the world. Celebrity is important enough, that we are even interested in their opinions, even on things where they are certainly no experts. A teacher once told me about a curious example, 2 children where asked to solve a math problem, and they came up with different answers, one was an "A" student who excelled in math, the other was a popular girl, the class was asked to vote on which answer was correct, 77% of the class sided with the popular girl, her answer was, unfortunately, wrong. Celebrity might not be a good means for determining what’s right. And yet it remains true that celebrities are paid a lot of money to endorse products, because there are a lot of people who do listen to them.
In our lesson, we are given a brief glimpse of heaven, and we see a picture of a city of light, a wonderful place. But the thing that is perhaps the most notable, is how all the world is drawn to it, so much so that the people with celebrity, those with power, and honor and glory – they lay all this aside to come into the light of the glory of God. When important people cast aside all that we aspire to, when they turn from all the things the world says are important, that’s notable.
But when the kings of the earth, the rulers of this world, and the celebrities bring their glory and give it to God, without reservation, and without any strings. Doesn’t that say something about the glory of God? When nations turn from darkness to walk in the light of God, doesn’t that say something about the glory of God?
So what is the glory of God, and how do we see it?
We see the glory of God in the face of Christ.
This is what the saints have seen over the years, this is what turned them from worldly pursuits, and worldly treasures to the everlasting treasure of the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
If you see heaven, how can you not want to do anything necessary to be part of this glorious and everlasting life? This is what has built the church, people, who give witness that Jesus is the Light, the life, and our savior.