One of the elders spoke to me and said, “These people dressed in white robes, who are they and where did they come from?” And I answered him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me: These are the ones who are coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Because of this, they are in front of the throne of God, and they serve him day and night in his temple. He who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. They will never be hungry or thirsty ever again. The sun will never beat upon them, nor will any scorching heat, for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Send your Son to shepherd us so that we will have our robes washed in His blood. Thank you for spreading your tent over us to protect and care for our every need. The world and Satan would try to distract us from you by attacking us according to our utmost weaknesses: family, health, livelihood, or necessities. However, this life is not the end but a beginning. When we hold onto Jesus in faith, knowing he suffered and died for all our sins, we are a part of the crowd John saw before your throne. We will never be hungry or thirsty; you will protect us and give us all we need. We will never have a sad moment, being overcome by grief or loss. It is hard for us to imagine eternal life without any suffering.
While we are still living here on the earth, Lord, we pray that you forgive us all our sins for Jesus’ sake. His suffering and death on the cross paid the penalty for our sins. We ask that you send us your Holy Spirit to feed and strengthen our faith through your Word and Sacraments so we cling to Christ our Savior, being restored to perfection by faith in Him and reunited with you, our heavenly Father.
Let the love and mercy you have for us cause us to share your grace with others so they, too, will know and trust you. Allow us to share our hope with those who do not know you so they, too, will be there before your throne in heaven. Amen.
Written through Pastor Roger Emmons
Remain focused on Jesus because, through faith in him, you are forgiven and have eternal life.