Salvation Comes From Our God

lamb-of-god-13Fourth Sunday of Easter (April 17, 2016)


Revelation 7:9-17 | New Living Translation (NLT)

After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a great roar,

“Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne
    and from the Lamb!”

And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. They sang,

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
    and thanksgiving and honor
and power and strength belong to our God
    forever and ever! Amen.”

Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?”

And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.”

Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.

“That is why they stand in front of God’s throne
    and serve him day and night in his Temple.
And he who sits on the throne
    will give them shelter.
They will never again be hungry or thirsty;
    they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun.
For the Lamb on the throne
    will be their Shepherd.
He will lead them to springs of life-giving water.
    And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”


As we explored last week, the worship in heaven will be centered on Jesus.  I think it is interesting – this is also a large crowd – think stadium type crowd – imagine the noise that can be created by 100,000 people in a stadium – imagine that this crowd is to great to count – from every where – every tribe – every tongue – every people – and they are standing before the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  These are those who have been washed white by the blood of the Lamb.  Once again they are shouting a hymn of heaven – as an aside – a hymn is simply a song of praise to God.  It is directed at God – it is not a testimony song – but a song of praise to God – or in this case to the Lamb.

This is what the crowd was shouting or singing:

“Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne
    and from the Lamb!”

Not only does this vast crowd come and worship the Lamb with their shouting and singing – can you imagine – have you ever listened to a broadcast of a sports event where the crowd is loud and you can barely hear the announcers?  That’s the kind of praise to the Lamb that I am imagining – not only does the crowd praise God, but the angels around the throne – the elders and the living beings all join in – this is praise on a massive scale.  The worship in heaven is going to be something that we can’t imagine – try as hard as we may.  This entire throng that has gathered falls on their faces and they worship….

I…can…only…imagine….

What will the worship in heaven be like?

One thing is for certain – it will be God-honoring.

The worship of heaven will be Christ-centric.

As hard as I try as a worship leader – the worship I lead is not always as God-centered as I would like.  It’s not always as Christ centered as I would like.  Sometimes when we worship corporately, I wish we could get rid of all the things that take away from Christ.  One of those things is the announcements – yes, we need announcements – but so many times they seem us-centric instead of Christ centric – just something to think about.  What are the other things that we do in our corporate times of worship that take away from the worship of the Lamb?  I know there are times when I have led worship either at church or at a special event – I have prayed and sought God for the direction he would lead me – and then as we complete our musical worship, immediately the speaker or pastor gets up and starts their message off with a joke or something off hand – something that completely takes the focus off of the Lamb who we have just gotten done worshiping with our songs.

The Lamb is worthy of our praise.  Listen to these words that the crowd continued to sing:

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
    and thanksgiving and honor
and power and strength belong to our God
    forever and ever! Amen.”

The Lamb is going to be the object of our worship – forever – only the Lamb of God is worthy of our praise forever.  Because only He is able to wash our robes – only He is able to make us white – only He is able to save us from our sins.

Salvation indeed does belong to our God – that is the story of the Bible.  Some would make the Bible so complicated – and again I find myself writing these words – this is the Good News – this is the story of God’s Word:

Jesus has come

Jesus has died

Jesus has risen

Jesus is coming again

That my friends is the gospel in a nutshell.  We weren’t capable of saving ourselves, the Old Testament tells us that.  Yet, God loves us, that Jesus came to save us from our sins, Jesus died to save us from our sins, Jesus rose to save us from our sins…and Jesus is coming again to take those whose robes are washed white to live with Him for eternity.

I like how this passage finishes:

“That is why they stand in front of God’s throne
    and serve him day and night in his Temple.
And he who sits on the throne
    will give them shelter.
They will never again be hungry or thirsty;
    they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun.
For the Lamb on the throne
    will be their Shepherd.
He will lead them to springs of life-giving water.
    And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

There will be a day when the Lamb of God will be our forever shepherd – there will be a day when we will never suffer physical hunger or thirst again.  There is a day when God will wipe every tear from our eyes.

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