The thing that caught my eye about this passage is that Jesus acknowledges the faithful before his Father and all the angels. I tried to imagine for a moment what that would be like. The closest thing I could think of is the way royalty used to be announced when they’d enter fancy parties. Ever seen “My Fair Lady,” where Eliza makes her big entrance like a queen? Or, if you’re of the feminine persuasion you’ve probably seen Jane Austen films where the wealthy are given special status when they enter a ball. So what would it be like for me to be introduced in heaven?
I imagine a community dressed in dazzling white, with the sounds of giant cherubim wings beating in time. I imagine colors in every hue I know and many I don’t dazzling on buildings. I imagine beautiful song in the background as the community of saints sing their praises to God. And I imagine myself, in awe and humility, stepping through the door of God’s dwelling place as Jesus speaks proudly of one of his heirs to the Kingdom.
Wow. I know I’m not worthy of that. Nothing I could do or say could ever make me deserving of such an honor. Thank you God for your mercy and your amazing grace.