“After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands.” vs. 9
Christians of every generation have been fascinated by the vivid imagery of John’s Apocalypse and particularly this inclusive picture of the triumphant saints before the throne of the Lamb. It seems that no one will be left out of the great festival that celebrates the victory of life over death. Everyone will be there, folks from “every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” and everyone gets to join in the angels’ song of thanksgiving. Some of us regularly sing that same song in our worship as we anticipate the glory and honor of the feast that will have no end. We know, of course, that this is a vision and was never intended to be taken literally, but that doesn’t take away from the hope that we have for the life to come. It gives great comfort to believe that those who have died remain a part of the Church and that they are connected to us now and forever. We’re on the way and they have arrived, their robes radiantly white and sparkly clean. The peace we crave belongs to them…and so we rejoice now, both in thanksgiving and in anticipation.
Thought for the Day: What’s my vision of heaven?