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Returning to its iconic location at the Brooklyn Bridge Plaza—located in DUMBO’s Brooklyn Bridge Park beneath the majestic span of the Brooklyn Bridge— Photoville will once again create an immersive photography village populated by 55+ shipping containers repurposed into galleries.

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Sensation Photography is a photo magazine that introduces the unknown works of well-known photographers based in South Korea. The Sensation Photography exhibition situates these works within the context of Korean photography past and present.

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Jinhee Bae Extraordinary Project Team

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MUG Publishing

This exhibit aims to introduce Korean photography past and present. The exhibition will consist of four parts: portrait, cityscape, landscape, and still-life. These are the same sections addressed in Sensation Photography magazine, in order to put the magazine within the historical context of Korean photography.

Sensation Photography is a photo magazine that introduces the unknown work of well-known photographers. Sensation Photography focuses on the work that photographers love rather than the work that is popular with the public. Five to seven photographers are cast per issue. Sensation Photography contains ‘Sure and Pure’ which means off-frame is unique. Each photographer selects images and organizes their presentation, making it important to understand the photographers’ artistic viewpoint. Sensation Photography consists of several sections, which go beyond the images: the image-making process, theme, technique and style, and the photographers’ personal world.

ARTIST BIO

Twenty photographers, who participate in the Photoville, were introduced to audiences via four issues of Sensation Photography themed portrait, cityscape, landscape and still-life making photo respectively. The photographers are all based in South Korea and most of them were invited to domestic and foreign group exhibitions as well as solo exhibitions more than three times since they have started their career. They have been building up the world of their own work, also they are recognised as representative photographers in Korean photography. Jin Hee Bae, Jaegu Kang, Jiwon Kim, and Jae-kwang Yang are working about Korean portrait. Sung Yong Kim, Jong Hyeon Baek, Ik Jae Lee, Jae Hoon Lee, Wonchul Lee, and Hongkyu Yang have taken Seoul and other old town as a cityscape. Hyong-ryol Bak, Eun-jong Lee, Gun Young Lee, Hyung-geun Park, and Do Yang Zu have shown different type of landscape compared with typical Korean landscape. Photographs of Hyun Mok Jung, Gyoosik Kim, Jee Won Kim, and Yong Hoon Kim are still-life of everyday life in contemporary South Korea. You can find out all artists’ CV’s when contact our website.

ORGANIZATION BIO

Sensation Photography is published by MUG Publishing, a Seoul-based publishing company that focuses on art books, photography, illustration, printed matter and more. Founded by Jin Hee Bae in 2008, we have been fortunate enough to work with fantastic individuals and organizations in art, culture, education, and corporate fields. Our art project, Extraordinary(Hee Kyung Oeu, Seok Hoon Lee, Ik Jae Lee, Seung Won Jung, Eunjung Ahn, Hye Won Lee) supports and promotes artists who work mainly in photography. It began with Sensation Photography magazine in 2015 and is now preparing to launch an online space for further promotion.

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We shall take these words as referring to heaven . Certainly it is most true of the celestial city, as well as of the millennial city, that the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it . This theme of surpassing interest intimately concerns all of us who are believers: for we are constantly looking for the eternal rest at the foot of the throne . If it were otherwise, I fear there would be little prospect of our ever passing the heavenly portals . We do not suppose that a man is shooting at a target if he does not look that way; nor can we imagine that a man’s ambition is fixed on heaven if he has no heavenward thoughts or aspirations . The pilgrim turns his steps towards the place he desires to reach . What, even though he cannot catch a glimpse of the distant place which is the goal of his hope, yet his eyes are in that direction . Let him climb a hill on a clear day, and you will see how he strains his eyes to catch a glimpse of tower or spire, minaret or battlement, of the city he is seeking. When he descends the valley, and the outlook is dreary, he solaces his soul with songs in the night that tell of “a day’s march nearer home.” The anticipated greetings of friends gladden his heart . After a noble fashion the prospect of heaven lights up our sad days with gleams of glory; while our happy Sabbaths here below have often made us long for the sanctuary on high . In the crowded courts of this Tabernacle our imagination has pictured the Temple above of living stones and countless worshippers . Bunyan speaks of Mount Clear from which with the aid of a telescope the celestial city might be seen in the distance . We have enjoyed intervals when no clouds or mists have obstructed our view, and these have usually come to us on the Lord’s days . A friend of mine when he went to reside in Newcastle-on-Tyne was looking over a newly built house that was for rent; and as he looked out of the window in the top room, the landlord said to him, “You can see Durham cathedral from here on a Sunday.” My friend, failing at first to catch his meaning, said, “Why on Sunday more than any other day?” “Well,” he said, “the furnaces are not going, and the smoke is not rising to darken the atmosphere.” I was not surprised to hear that the passing incident supplied my friend with a parable the next time that he preached . On special Sabbaths we peer into the city of which our text says,—“The throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it.” May God grant that our meditations may stir your upward longings, and that our discourse may arouse your desires towards heaven.

Come, then, let us think upon the throne of God, and of the Lamb, and of the place where it is . But stop for a moment; I want you to look around and take a preliminary survey of the scene . Do you notice that this throne is the “throne of God ?” Doubtless you know where John got that phrase, that title for Christ—“the Lamb.” It is almost unique to himself . You catch the note in Isaiah; Jesus is famous as a lamb in his prophecies . You hear the name in an epistle of Peter, and in the Acts of the Apostles as a quotation from the evangelical prophet . But with John it is a most familiar term . John, the best beloved of all the disciples of Jesus, loves this sweet symbol, and delights to speak of his Lord as “the Lamb.” This John had been a disciple of that other John, the Baptist, whose chief and choicest sermon, which lingered most in his mind and memory, was couched in words like these—“Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” John the Baptist struck a note which vibrated throughout the whole life of John the Divine . In Patmos John recalls his early impressions, for old men delight in the scenes and sayings of their youth.

When John began his gospel, he was absorbed in “”; now that he unfolds the wondrous scroll of vision he portrays “.” As the keynote of Redemption the name recurs frequently in his writings, and in his closing book the name comes back to him with all its music, and he dwells upon it with evident delight . The word \~αρνιον\~, as used in the book of Revelation, might be translated “a little lamb.” It is a diminutive in the Greek text, expressive, as Dean Woodhouse observes, of tenderness and love; and in such a sense our Saviour himself used it in addressing Peter, after his resurrection—“Do you love me ? Feed my lamkins.” I refer to the idiom without any wish to see the common rendering altered; but it seems to show a marvellous degree of familiarity in John’s mind with his blessed Master, when he looks upon him as the little lamb to be loved, for you know how accustomed we are to express affection in diminutive terms . “My little dear,” or “my little darling,” are expressions that trip sweetly from our tongues . On the other hand, were we to say, “my dear big daughter,” or “my dear tall son,” the words would sound awkward . We naturally give diminutive names to our favourites . So you will observe, dear friends, that while our divine Lord has names of infinite majesty which appeal to our loftiest homage, he has also names of pure simplicity, like “the holy child Jesus” and “the little lamb,” when he appears to us innocent as a babe, or suffering as a sacrifice.

The sublime adoration of the heavenly host is offered to the Lamb who was slain and has redeemed us to God by his blood out of every kindred and tongue, and people, and nation . In order to see the throne of God, and of the Lamb, you must first of all get a sight of the Lamb . I invite you, therefore, in the words of John the Baptist, to “BEHOLD THE LAMB of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”

Look at him in the dawn of his ministry, when he first comes within the range of mortal vision—a man, a lowly man, one chosen out of the people . About him there is neither form nor distinction to make him at all remarkable; he is one who did not strive, or cry, or cause his voice to be heard in the streets; not a pretentious, nor an ambitious man, but one who could say of himself, and no one could contradict it, “I am meek and lowly in heart.” He was born in Bethlehem; he grew and became strong in spirit; he increased in wisdom and stature . I suppose that when he was a child he spoke as a child, understood as a child, and thought as a child: I know that he lived with his parents, and was subject to them . In his mature years, when he was revealed to Israel, we see him, the sinless One, endowed with the common faculties and afflicted with the common infirmities of our mortal race . He suffered the breath of slander, he wept with mourners; he groaned beneath the burden of care, and smarted under the pangs of pain . He lived and he died in the presence of many witnesses: what further evidence could be desired that Jesus was a man and not a myth, a lamb-like man, and none of your pretenders to greatness?

His character, too, is so purely natural that the example of excellence he sets needs no explanation . The gentle disposition that drew little children around him, the kindly temperament that bore reviling without anger, the love he showed to the poor and destitute, the respect he paid to the outcasts of society, and above all his kindly notice of tax collectors and prostitutes, as sheep gone astray who were capable of being restored, claim our gratitude, and cause us to regard him as the model of goodness for all generations . Such is the man whom all the kindreds of this earth must ultimately acknowledge as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” How lamb-like he is!

So you see the Lamb of God among men: will you track his footsteps still farther on until he becomes the Lamb of sacrifice, and actually takes the sin of man upon himself, so that he may bear its penalty? What an extraordinary night that was when he rose up from the supper table and said to his disciples, “Let us be going.” He went to a certain garden where he had been accustomed to spend nights in meditation; he went there to pray . And oh, what a prayer it was; such surely as heaven never heard before nor since . In an agony he prayed more earnestly, and yet more earnestly, until “he sweat, as it were, great drops of blood, falling to the ground.” He cried to the Father, “If it is possible, let this cup pass from me.” Then the heavy cloud of human sins overshadowed his soul, and the ghastly terrors of all his people’s guilt brooded over his spirit . He endured the hour of dread and the power of darkness . Arrested by one who had eaten bread with him, he was betrayed into the hands of conspirators . By an apostle who turned apostate he was sold for a few paltry pieces of silver . From the place of private retreat, and of secret prayer, he was hurried off to prison and to judgment . He was arraigned before Herod and Caiaphas, and then before Pontius Pilate . All through the night he was falsely accused and foully mocked, scourged, spit upon, and treated with the utmost contempt . So his heart was broken within him because of the reproaches of those who reproached God which fell upon him . Deserted by his disciples, denounced by the priests, despised by the populace, he was at length delivered up to the malice of his foes, and sentenced by Pilate, he was led away to be crucified: still his patience was conspicuous, and when he was led as a lamb to the slaughter he did not open his mouth.

Now you shall see the full weight of sin pressing upon “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” Every morning and every evening there had been a lamb sacrificed in the tabernacle as the type and emblem of this Lamb of God who was yet to come . A pretty little innocent lamb that a child might fondle was brought up to the priest, and its warm blood was made to flow in pain, and it was offered as a sacrifice upon the altar . But now comes—the last of all lambs the first too—the real lamb, the Lamb of God, of which the others were only types . They took him, silent, passive, submissive, and nailed him to a cross . There he hung in the glare of the sun until the torture of the tender nerves in his hands and feet produced such fever in his flesh that he said, “My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my jaws, and you have brought me into the dust of death.” Such was the dissolution of his entire frame it seemed as if he had no longer a solid body: it was melted with bitter pain . There he hung, men jeering him, until at last the sun could bear the sight no longer, and veiled its face; the earth could no more endure to be the stage for such a tragedy, and began to rock and reel; the very dead were stirred as though they could not slumber in their graves while such a deed was done, so tombs were opened and many arose . Oh, it was a wondrous spectacle. Those who saw it beat their chests, and went on their way . It was the Son of God “bearing, that we might never bear, his Father’s righteous ire.”

Behold him, bruised between the upper and nether millstones of divine justice in your place and mine, so that God, without the violation of his holy law, might turn to us in infinite mercy and blot out our transgressions and quench the devouring fire of his wrath . Say, then, beloved, have you ever seen this sight ? Have you so seen it as to sing with our poet,— My soul looks back to see The burdens thou didst bear, When hanging on the cursed tree, And hopes her guilt was there?

Do you trust him ? Are you believing him ? His cry from the cross is “Look to me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth.” Have you so looked ? If so, then you have had the preliminary sight: and I pray God so to strengthen the eyes of your understanding that you may gaze more intently on this vision of the Apocalypse—“The throne of God and of the Lamb.”

BEHOLD THE THRONE.

Let us see it first from the Lamb’s side of it . Of course there is only one throne: God and the Lamb are not divided . The Lamb is God, and the interests of God and the Lamb are one . The one kingdom of God, even the Father, is identical with the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ . Acknowledging the oneness of the throne, we proceed to inspect it from the point of view in which the Lamb chiefly challenges our notice . You will remember that he is portrayed to us as “the Lamb in the midst of the throne.” So John saw him, as you read in Re 5:6 . But I would not have you make any mistake about the meaning of that phrase . Dr . Watts constructed a poor paraphrase of the passage when he said— Our Jesus fills the middle seat Of the celestial throne.

There is no such idea in Holy Scripture . The midst of the throne means the front of the throne, according to the Greek . The Lamb was not on the throne in that vision, but standing immediately in front of it . That is a position in which our Lord Jesus Christ would have us see him . I will show you presently that he is the throne according to our text, but not according to the passage which I have just now quoted . In the previous narrative of the fifth chapter, where the Lamb is said to be in the midst of the throne, means in front of it, in the centre, standing there so that we might draw near and approach the throne through him . There could be no access to the awful throne of God except through a Mediator; therefore he stands in front of the throne between us and the invisible, sovereign God, an interposer and interpreter, one of a thousand, the daysman who can lay his hands upon both . This is a beautiful thought . Jesus, according to the former vision of this revelation, is in the front of the throne where God always sees him before he sees us . Wonderful is that text in the book of Exodus, “When I see the blood I will pass over you.” He does not say, “When you Israelites see the blood I will pass over you.” Why, they were not in a position to see it; for they were inside the house, and the blood was outside, on the lintel and on the two side-posts . It is true, they had seen the lamb as it was slain, for you remember that the whole assembly of the congregation was to kill it between the two evenings; and they also saw the sprinkling of the blood: but their safety did not depend so much upon their having seen it as upon God’s continually seeing it,—“When I see the blood I will pass over you.” In the same way the covenant security of the saints arises rather from God the Father looking at his Son Jesus Christ as their surety and sacrifice, than from the constant exercise of their faith . Hence we rightly plead in our hymn:— Him and then the sinner see: Look through Jesus’ wounds on me.

There, then, our Lord Jesus stands in front of the throne interceding for us, interposing for us, opening the way for us to approach to God, even the Father.

I have drawn your attention to this previous vision as a preliminary to that of our text, in which the position of Jesus Christ is upon the throne reigning there, clothed bodily with all the power of the Godhead . Do not forget that it is even so . The Lamb is on the throne. Co-equal and co-eternal with the Father, he is very God, he always was very God . We do not forget the glory which he had with the Father before the earth ever was, but it is as God-man Mediator that he is now, in his complex person, invested with heavenly honours. This is the Man, th’ exalted Man, Whom we unseen adore. But when our eyes behold his face, Our hearts shall love him more.

The full glory of his Person as Son of God and Son of man shall be revealed when he shall be seen upon the throne of God . He who once appeared as the sacrificed and slaughtered Lamb shall reign with supreme authority; the blessed and only Potentate, King of kings and Lord of lords . It is the throne of God and of the Lamb.

The power thus conferred upon him the Lamb not only possesses by right and title, but he exercises it in deed and in truth . “All power,” said our risen Redeemer, “is given to me in heaven and in earth.” He rules now with unlimited sway: and the sceptre of his kingdom is a legitimate sceptre . As Joseph was exalted in Egypt, and Pharaoh said, “See, I have set you over all the land; and the people cried before him, ‘Bow the knee’; and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt”: even so we read of Jesus, “God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord the glory of God the Father.” The rebellious are not exempted from his rule . Even though they conspire against him, they shall be utterly confounded . One might imagine that there was a slight strain of language in Pharaoh’s fiat, that “without Joseph no man shall lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt”; but there is no exaggeration if we apply the words to Christ, The throne of heaven is the throne of God and of the Lamb . His dominion over nature always appears to me a delightful contemplation . I like to think of the sea roaring and the floods clapping their hands in his praise . It is he who makes the fields joyful and the trees of the forest glad . His pencil paints the varied hues of the flowers, and his breath perfumes them . Every cloud floats over the sky wafted by the breath of his mouth . Lord of all the realms of life and death, his providence runs without knot or break through all the tangled skeins of time .

Your royal prerogative, oh Lamb of God, extends over all the realms of grace . You, oh Lord Jesus, dispense mercy as it seems good in your sight . Just as the Father raises up the dead, and quickens whom he wishes, even so he has given to the Son to have life in himself, and to quicken whomever he pleases . As head of the church, his benign control is absolute among the members of his body . In the bestowment of spiritual gifts, and in the appointment to sacred offices, he rules and regulates, and nothing is too minute to escape his notice. How pleasant to my poor heart to think that he who bowed his head to shame is now exalted, as God over all, to such a seat of honour . I feel that no odium I could incur, no injury I could sustain in preaching his name and proclaiming his fame, could be of any account in comparison with my joy in seeing him exalted . Let me starve in an attic or die in a ditch if only Christ is glorified . The old soldiers of Napoleon, rank and file, revelled in the triumphs of their general . When they fell on the battlefield, with shouts of victory ringing in the air, they seemed to think light of death as long as the emperor had won renown, and the eagles of France were in the ascendant . Live for ever, royal Lamb ! Reign for ever, victorious Lord ! As for us, who or what are we ? “Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be to him who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb for ever and ever.”

What lowly reverence we owe to him who occupies such a throne of boundless empire ! Approach him then with profound humility; but mingle with it the most childlike confidence . Beloved, we see before us the grandeur of God and the gentleness of a Lamb . The infinite Creator and the innocent creature are linked together in lovely union . He who is God over all, blessed for ever, has resources amply sufficient to meet your utmost needs . You do not come to a finite helper when you draw near to Christ . In trusting in the merit of his blood, you have an all-prevalent plea and full security for pardon, peace, and acceptance . You come to the throne of the Lamb, and that throne of the Lamb is the throne of God . “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” There is no stinted provision in such a treasury . All the riches of the glory of God are treasured up in Christ Jesus, and Christ has all this wealth to bestow it all upon his redeemed family . I do not know what hope and expectations the Socinian can cherish with a Man-Christ, or an Angel-Christ, or a semi-divine Christ, as a guide to immortality . They may honour Jesus of Nazareth for the purity of the life he lived on earth, but I want God in human flesh to save my soul, the death of the Son of God to wash away my sin . I find the fight of life so fierce that no right hand except what made the heavens can ever give me the victory . I sustain myself on the incarnate God who bled and died, and is gone into the excellent glory, and sits down there upon the throne, Lord over all: I trust his saving strength to bear me through . Let me challenge you, my hearers . Are you trusting him and sustaining yourselves only and entirely upon him ? Could you be content with anyone less than a divine Saviour ? If you are born from above you could not . Magnify his name then, and worship him in the quiet of your hearts at this good hour.

Well, that is the aspect of the throne from the side of the Lamb . Let us now take another look and behold . The throne of God is the throne of the Lamb . The throne of God, if we view it as sinners, with a sense of guilt upon our conscience, is an object of terror, a place to flee from . Our poet was right when he said:— Once ’twas a seat of burning wrath, And shot devouring flame: Our God appeared, consuming fire And vengeance was his name.

I remember when I had such terrible apprehensions of God, and I know that they were founded upon truth, for the Lord is terrible to unforgiven men . Now I do not disdain, as some do, to sing “Though you were angry with me, your anger is turned away, and you comforted me.” Not that there has been a change in God . It is the view of God which the sinner is able to take which has been changed, and that change has been accomplished by Christ . From everlasting to everlasting Jehovah is the same: in him there is no variableness . Jesus did not die to make the Father love us, or to melt his aversion into affection . No, blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, he loved us with an eternal love and chose us in the person of Christ before the foundation of the world . Still his justice was outraged by the transgressions we committed: and as a holy and just Sovereign his anger was kindled against us as sinners; and that anger was no less justly appeased by the death of Christ, when he put away our sins by the sacrifice of himself, a full atonement was made by his precious blood . Henceforth, eternal praises to his name, the throne of God is the throne of the Lamb . It is a throne of righteousness, but no less a throne of grace . There, on the throne of the Almighty, mercy reigns . According to the merit of the sacrifice and the virtue of the atonement all the statutes and decrees of the kingdom of heaven are issued . The altar and the throne have become identical . From that throne no fiery bolt can ever again be hurled against the believer, for it is the throne of the Lamb as well as the throne of God . Oh, what comfort there is for suffering saints in this conjunction of majesty and mercy on the throne of the Highest.

The sovereignty that is indicated by this throne must certainly be unlimited . The throne of God is the throne of an absolute monarch who does as he wishes among the armies of heaven, and among the inhabitants of this lower world . From that throne the proclamation comes like a peal of thunder, “The Lord reigns; let the people tremble.” God’s throne of sovereignty is not a throne of arbitrary power, for the Lord is perfect and holy, and his will is just and right . In acting according to the purpose of his own will he abounds towards us in all wisdom and goodness . I fear that I fail to find the words that will express my thoughts; but this empire of God and the Lamb endears itself to our hearts . There is about it a kingly kindliness, and a majestic mercy most charming to the mind . Do any ask, “What throne is that ? To whom does it belong?” We answer—it is the throne of the great and glorious God, and it is the throne of the lowly lovely Lamb . Referring to the Book sealed with seven seals, described in the fifth chapter, St . Bernard said, “John heard a lion and saw a lamb; the lamb opened the book and appeared a lion.” But, behold, here it is, “the throne of God and of the Lamb.” Take off your shoes from your feet, oh seer; the place where you stand is holy ground, for God is here . Come, little children, there is charm enough to entice you; for the Lamb is here. It is the throne of God, therefore fall down before it with awe and self-abasement; but it is the throne of the Lamb, and therefore you may stand up before it without fear . Does not a rich blend of splendour and tenderness dawn on your apprehension ? Are you not aware of some present effect on your souls ? Do you not feel the charming sweetness and the overpowering light ? John tells us in the first chapter what his own sensations were, when the Son of man appeared to him in the midst of the seven lampstands, vested with the insignia of Priest and King . First, he says, “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead.” Then he adds, “And he laid his right hand upon me, saying to me, ‘Do not fear; I am’”—Ah ! when you recognise who he is, fear gives place to faith, and trust succeeds trembling . Be of good courage, then, you faint and timid disciples . Why do you come creeping with bated breath to the throne of heavenly grace ? Will you always cry in the same strain, “Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable sinners?” Such you were, but you are not so now . You are washed in the blood of the Lamb . You are his dear children . You have received the spirit of adoption . When you pray, say, “Our Father who is in heaven.” Let it be your pleasure, as it is your privilege, to hold closer communion with God than Israel did, for no bounds are set around the mount . They had to stand at a distance; they dared not draw near lest they should die; they even entreated that the terrible words might not be spoken to them any more; but you are a people near to him and dear to him, and the throne to which you owe allegiance is the throne of God and of the Lamb.

I am painfully conscious, as I proceed, that the subject is too much beyond my grasp to mould it into a sermon . This is not preaching . I have been merely holding up the text, and trying to suggest thought after thought, as the glory of my Lord’s kingdom occurred to my mind. But what can any of us say in the presence of God and of the Lamb? Our proper position is to fall down upon our faces and worship. Isaiah saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple . Above it stood the seraphim: pure and sinless as they were, their homage was lowly and obeisant . Each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew . In the presence of the Eternal, language fails us except the one adoring cry, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts . The whole earth is full of his glory.” The only other exclamation appropriate to utter would be, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory and blessing.”

One fact remains to be noticed—it is this: the throne of God and of the Lamb is in heaven . BEHOLD THEN THE THRONE IN HEAVEN.

We must pass beyond this earthly region, and join the company of those who inhabit the celestial realm before we can see the throne of God, in order to obtain a complete view of it . Is this not among the chief joys of heaven? I’d part with all the joys of sense, To gaze upon thy throne. Pleasures spring fresh for ever thence, Unspeakable, unknown.

There are many ideas of heaven, and I suppose, according to each man’s character, will be the prospects he cherishes, and the answer he gives when the question is asked—“What must it be like to be there?” There is ample scope for imagination, so abundant are the joys which the Lord has prepared for those who love him . There is the great wall, with its twelve glittering foundations, and there are the twelve gates, and the twelve individual pearls; there, too, is the tree of life, with its twelve kinds of fruit . Who shall ever explain all the meaning of the symbols used by holy men to describe the Paradise of God?

Nor are the Scriptures our only source of information, for our sighs below are prophecies of the blessings laid up for us . The toil-worn labourer thinks of heaven as a land of rest, and he shall find it so. On the other hand, the relish that we have for religious worship, and the delight we take in Christian work, leads us to think of heaven as a sanctuary where the servants of God can serve him day and night: we shall find it so . For my part, I sympathise with both expectations; for though they sound contrary, they need not clash . The rest of the glorified spirits, so far from being a kind of suspended animation, will rather consist of a joyful refreshment in enthusiastic service; and the ministry of ransomed hosts, instead of wearying them, will arouse them to fly more swiftly, to sing more loudly, and to serve God more diligently as they see his face . Are there not tempted ones among you who smile as they think that there shall be no sin in heaven ? To Paul, when in prison, knowing, that the hour of his departure was at hand, after a life of preaching the word and enduring persecution, the crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteous judge should give him was just then the most welcome anticipation . Just as the warriors look for a crown, so on the other hand friends look for communion . To loving hearts great is the bliss of heaven’s unbroken fellowship of saints: it will indeed be a great joy in heaven to see all who loved the Lord below . How happy we shall be when these blessed reunions take place . Still, I think that all of you will agree with me that the heaven of heaven is that we shall be “with Christ, which is far better”—that we shall behold his face and partake of his glory . The throne of God and of the Lamb will be the centre of our delights . To have reached home in the heavenly Father’s house, to have seen our Elder Brother, and to be sure that we shall remain with him and go out no more: oh, that is what we pant for ! We long to hear his voice welcoming us to our new abode. Come in, thou blessed, sit by me; With my own life I ransomed thee; Come, taste my perfect favour: Come in, thou happy spirit, come; Thou now shalt dwell with me at home; Ye blissful mansions, make him room, For he must stay for ever.

Beloved, our song will be to him who loved us; and yet we want to tell others about our love for him . You cannot wash his feet with your tears, because he will wipe all your tears away; you cannot honour him with your substance there as you can here, for there will be no widows and orphans whom you can relieve, no poor and needy ones whom you can feed and clothe and visit, doing to his disciples as you would do to him . But oh, to fall before him, and then to gaze upon him ! He looks like a lamb that has been slain and still wears his priesthood . Oh, for a sight of him ! One said, “See Naples and die.” But oh, if we could only see Christ, even on earth for a minute, we would be content to die and go home with him immediately; nor ask permission first to go and bid them farewell who are at our house.

What hallowed communion with him we shall enjoy there . In his church below he has given us some pleasant foretaste of his sweet communion; but there the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall always feed them, and shall lead them to living fountains of water . There is a text that I have been thinking over for many years . I want to preach from it, but I cannot understand it clearly enough at present. I hope to preach from it one day before I go to heaven . If not, I will preach from it up there when I shall have understood its full significance . Ah ! do not smile . We shall have some opportunities in heaven to testify of Christ; for we shall make known to the principalities and powers in heavenly places the manifold wisdom of God . It is difficult to imagine that we ever can be able to explore all of the unsearchable riches of Christ . The passage I am referring to is that in which Jesus says, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so I would have told you . I go to prepare a place for you.” Like Thomas, I am prone to ask questions . What is there to be prepared, and in what respect does heaven as a place need to be made ready ? I do not like to think of heaven as a half-built habitation, or as fully built, yet only partly furnished . What does this preparing of a place for us mean ? Perhaps our Lord’s going there made heaven ready, and its mansions fit for the occupation of his disciples . Heaven would hardly be a home for saints in the absence of the Saviour . Since I do not know the angels, and never was acquainted with any one of them, I doubt very much whether I should feel at home in their company if Jesus was not there too . There are a few saints up there whom I once knew and dearly loved . But one wants to be introduced to all of the residents, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn in heaven . How can this happy familiarity be brought about ? Now that Jesus is there we have a friend on high whom we have known, and who has known us, who can introduce us to all its inhabitants and acquaint us with all its joys . His presence is the light and the glory of the celestial city . My place will be prepared when I am safe in his arms, leaning on his gentle breast . There may be much work for the builder before all the plans and purposes of the eternal Architect are completed . Of that I do not know: of that, therefore, I cannot speak .

Listen now; lend me your ears, and listen to this concluding word that I have to say to you . We are now hastening our steps heavenward. We long to reach the happy plains, because there is not only a rest to be enjoyed, but a festival to be celebrated . The marriage supper of the Lamb draws near . His church shall be prepared as a bride adorned for her husband . We who are with him, following in his train, called, chosen, and faithful, are only espoused to him as yet, but we are going to that place where the voice shall be heard, “The marriage of the Lamb is come, and his bride has made herself ready.” I halt . I dare not advance a step further . I bring you to the margin of this blessed ocean of infinite delight . Oh, for a plunge into it—into the Godhead’s deepest sea of love . Is there a more intimate relationship into which our Lord Jesus Christ shall hereafter take his beloved people by which we shall be for ever united to him ? Shall we know the fulness of his love in a communion of which it were not lawful for a man to speak ? Was this one of the unspeakable words which Paul heard when he was caught up into Paradise ? “This is a great mystery . I speak concerning Christ and the church.”

Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away, let us wait for the Bridegroom’s appearing, and the bringing home of the bride . As virgins who look forward to the marriage day let us keep our lamps trimmed, and see to it that there is oil in our vessels, lest when the cry is heard, “The Bridegroom comes” any of us should need to nurse the dimly burning spark, or despairingly cry, “Our lamps are gone out.” Let us all be ready so that we may go in through the gates into the city.

Some of you, alas ! are not able to feel the joy which this subject excites in our hearts . You cannot take delight in the throne of God and of the Lamb . God grant you may . Come, now, to the throne of grace with open confession and secret contrition . It is the throne of God, who knows the nature of your sin; it is the throne of the Lamb, who bore the penalty of sin, and can put it away . Come to the throne of the Lamb who was slain . I entreat you to come now . So you shall find peace and reconciliation, and you shall be made fit to enter into the joy of your Lord . I pray God to bless this whole congregation, for Jesus Christ’s sake . Amen.

1 Oh the delights, the heavenly joys, The glories of the place Where Jesus sheds the brightest beams Of his o’erflowing grace! 2 Sweet majesty and awful love Sit smiling on his brow, And all the glorious ranks above At humble distance bow. 3 Those soft, those blessed feet of his, That once rude iron tore, High on a throne of light they stand, And all the saints adore. 4 His head, the dear majestic head That cruel thorns did wound, See what immortal glories shine, And circle it around! 5 This is the Man, th’ exulted Man, Whom we unseen adore; But when our eyes behold his face, Our hearts shall love him more.

1 Who are these array’d in white, Brighter than the noonday sun, Foremost of the sons of light, Nearest the eternal throne? 2 These are they who bore the cross, Faithful to their Master died, Suffer’d in his righteous cause, Followers of the crucified. 3 Out of great distress they came, And their Master died, In the blood of Christ the Lamb, They have wash’d as white as snow. 4 More than conquerors at last, Here they find their trials o’er: They have all their sufferings pass’d, Hunger now and thirst no more. 5 He that on the throne doth reign Them for evermore shall feed, With the tree of life sustain, To the living fountain lead. 6 He shall all their griefs remove, He shall all their wants supply; God himself, the God of love, Tears shall wipe from every eye.

1 Jesus, the Lamb of God, Who us from hell to raise Hast shed thy reconciling blood, We give thee endless praise. 2 God, and yet man, thou art, True God, true man, art thou: Of man, and of man’s earth a part, One with us thou art now. 3 Great sacrifice for sin, Giver of life for life, Restorer of the peace within, True ender of the strife: 4 To thee, the Christ of God, Thy saints exulting sing; The bearer of our heavy load, Our own anointed King. 5 True lover of the lost, From heaven thou camest down, To pay for souls the righteous cost, And claim them for thine own. 6 Rest of the weary, thou! To thee, our rest, we come; In thee to find our dwelling now, Our everlasting home.

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As a draughtsman, Degas often experimented with different mediums, blending planes of pastel and watercolor washes with bold, black ink. This avant-garde hybrid of drawing and monotype printmaking is evident in many of his works, including Two Dancers Entering the Stage (c. 1877-1878), a piece defined by dramatic contrasts in color, texture, and line.

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Unlike his pastels, Degas' oil paintings of dancers do not typically showcase on-stage performances. Instead, pieces like The Dance Class (1874)and The Dance Lesson (1879)offer arealistic glimpse into what goes on behind the curtain, featuring the girls as they quietly stretch, calmly rest, and listlessly listen to their instructor.

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These pieces are often cropped like candid photographs, enabling them to serve assnapshots of everyday life. This is especially evident in The Rehearsal (1874) , a painting that seemingly places as much emphasis on its spiral staircase as its star dancers.

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Unlike pastel drawings and paintings on canvas, Degas did not produce a comprehensive collection of ballerina-inspired sculptures. However, the one that he did create— Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen— has become one of his most famous dancer depictions.

Degas sculpted the wax figurine in 1880 and exhibited it at the sixth Impressionist exhibition the following year. The 40-inch sculpture is modeled after Marie van Goethem, a French ballet student. With emphasis on authenticity, Degas originally depicted her in a classical pose and dressed her in an authentic tutu and a wig of real hair.

Following his death in 1917, 28 bronze replicas were cast from the wax model. Today, they remain a highlight of some of the world's most famous museums, illustrating the timeless charm and enduring legacy of Degas' dancers.

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