Today’s Reading: Revelation 7:9-17
And they cried out in a loud voice: Salvation belongs to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!
God’s people are one people identified by their relationship with the Great Shepherd. Those who come to believe in Jesus Christ are brought together by the Savior. They are of different nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues who are united under Him. This is interesting to note: that in Heaven we will be ourselves. We will not be devoid of our history, who we have been. God will host a multitude of individuals who have each been made uniquely by Him. But more importantly, we will brought together in one accord under God, and we will be united by our faith in Jesus.
In the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John describes a group of the God’s people who will be rescued by God during a time of great tribulation. “For this reason” Scripture says – because of the Work of God – these will be before the throne of God, kept and cared for in every way by the Lamb Himself. John says that their robes will be made white in the blood of the Lamb. This will be true of all of us who put our faith and trust in God through Jesus. We will put on priestly garments to take part in eternal service to God. We will be cleansed, made presentable to Him by His own blood. We will come to Him in our earthly heritage of birth, but our heavenly heritage will be determined by the garments we wear in His Presence, which will be as white as snow by His cleansing. While the Lord indeed cares for us fully during life on earth, His shepherding over us will be even more so in Heaven. As the beloved sheep of His pasture, it is because we are His that we will dwell together in peace and safety. And our response to Him will be expressed to Him in every tongue, “Salvation belongs to our God, Who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
Almighty God, Salvation comes from You. You are so good to preserve us Your people through great trials and tribulations. You are so gracious to give us the privilege of honoring You through worship and praise. Thank You, Lord. As I seek You, please help me to remember to live as a Christian, a humble subject of Your heavenly Kingdom. Teach me to trust more completely in your wisdom, power, and strength. I pray these things in Jesus’ Holy and Powerful Name, AMEN.
Thru the Bible in a year (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Revelation 7; Nehemiah 9:38-10:39; Psalm 102