Dr. Steven Lawson began his talk by reading Revelation 22:1-5:

“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”

There is no better place to behold the glory of Jesus Christ than Revelation. In fact, the book begins with, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.”  

Everything in this passage revolves around the throne on which Christ is presently seated. Everything is ordered around the throne that Christ sits at. We see there are two seated on this throne -- God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dr. Lawson first discussed who is on the throne and second, what is around the throne

In verse one of Chapter 22, we see that God and Christ are upon a single throne. They are jointly reigning together. When John first enters Heaven, what first captures his attention is not the street of gold or who is there. Instead, it is a throne - the apex and pinnacle of the entire created order and everything subservient to the throne. This throne is fixed, stable, and can never be moved away. It is occupied.

God and the Lamb of God sit on the throne. Here, we see the glory of Christ reigning in His supreme authority.

There are four things to note about the fact that Christ sits on the throne:

  • We see Christ’s deity because He is jointly reigning with God the Father. He is coequal with God.
  • We also see His sovereignty because He is on the very same throne that God the Father is on. Jesus is seated on this very same throne. Not only is He equal, but all authority in Heaven and earth has been given to Him  
  • We then see Christ’s humanity. He has entered the human race and has become like us but without sin. He came to sacrificially lay His life down. If He came as only God, He could not have died on a cross because of the immortality of His nature.
  • Finally, we see His humility because He would be the Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world.

Dr. Lawson then discussed what is around the throne.

John states in Revelation that a river is flowing out of the throne. It is a mighty, surging river. It is living water that gives life. It is life-sustaining and life-refreshing. It is a constant flowing river that shall never cease to flow. It will never run dry and it is the abundant, supernatural fullness of life.

This water of life is so extraordinary. It is clear, without any pollutants. It is 100% pure and totally clean. It comes from the throne.

In Heaven, there is no death or mourning -- only perfect peace and flawless unity.

Those who put their faith exclusively in Christ and who turn and repent of their sin and follow Christ will be in Heaven forever, beholding His glory and worshipping God forever and ever.

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