I have this painting in my office. It’s called a pantocrator and it depicts Jesus as righteous and just (holding the book of the Law), as well as offering a sign of peace (a sign of faithfulness and mercy).
Jesus as a Just and loving Emperor.
Jesus as a peacemaker and faithful Emperor.
Revelation 4 is captures the central image of the whole book: Jesus is Lord (Caesar/Emperor). The throne room scene is about painting a picture of true reality.
Reality gets us dealing with what’s at hand. Sometimes reality feels painful and overwhelming so we hide, try to control it, or give in.
John is getting a dose of reality: Jesus rules and reigns with power, justice, and peace. The invitation to open the door that is standing in heaven is to enter into right reality, which will cause us to fall down to our knees in worship.
May you and I have a vision of reality and surrender to it. It’s the best good news for our lives that aligns us towards our true selves in Christ and redemption in this world.