READ : Revelation 7:13-17
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them
to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. (v. 17)
Remember how Jesus reassured his followers on the night before he died? “In the world
you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
In the vision given in Revelation 7:13-17, the apostle John sounds the same note. He
knows that “great tribulation” lies ahead for God’s people, but he gives them to see also
a wonderful coming blessedness. They are a forgiven, cleansed people: they have washed
their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. What wondrous alchemy is this! A
blood that makes us dazzlingly white!
Now they are under the brutal heel of Caesar; then they will stand before the throne of
God. Now they are exposed to abuse and persecution; then they will be sheltered in God’s
presence, kept from all harm. Now a vicious tyrant coerces them. Then the Lamb who is also
Shepherd will lead them. Now they often weep in anguish, then God will wipe away every
tear. Great things are coming!
What are the Lord and his beloved disciple saying to us? Just this: Take heart,
suffering saints. You’re in the darkness now, but the future is unimaginably bright!
Gracious God, whatever our trials now, may your promise fill our hearts with