After these things I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing in front of the throne and of the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and with palm branches in their hands. They called out with a loud voice and said: Salvation comes from our God, who sits on the throne, and from the Lamb.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Forgive us when we get consumed with this life’s pain, suffering, and worries, even when they are exceptionally painful. They can be like walking around with a thorn in our shoes that we can’t overcome or ignore because of the pain. When these things come at us, forgive us for losing focus of you—who has already defeated sin, death, and the devil. Sometimes, when the pain is so great, we might even compare ourselves to Job asking you, “Why is all this happening to me?” So we ask you to forgive us when this world’s pains and suffering distract us from you. Gently redirect our attention to your cross and this vision you allowed John to record for us.
This picture is the final picture of heaven, and we can take comfort in it because not one believer will be missed. Heaven will be filled by every last believer who trusts in you. This great multitude, which no one could count, the saints from Able to the final believer, will be in front of your throne. Why? Because you came here to this earth and had no sin, still you suffered our punishment. You were beaten, abused, spoken down upon, chastised, cussed out, cursed at, stripped, whipped, scourged, and nailed to that cross for the world’s sins—my sins. Then you gave up your life so that everyone who believes and trusts in your grace and mercy has a place in front of your throne. Salvation comes from the Father whose plan was to save us; it comes from you by suffering for all our sins, and it comes from your Spirit who instills faith in our hearts to believe in you.
We also pray for those who do not know you or trust in you: please allow us to share the good news about salvation and forgiveness with them so that they, too, will believe in you. Please destroy their unbelief so they will be with you before your throne. Finally, thank you for forgiving us when this life becomes painful; be with us to keep our eyes on you. Amen.
Written through Pastor Roger Emmons
In all life’s hardships, even though they can be very hard, remain focused on the one who won your salvation and eternal life. Jesus earned you a place before his throne by his perfect life and innocent death. Remain focused on him!