Prayer: Wondrous God and Father, teach us through your Word, in Christ. Amen.
The Host in the host
…God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. (v. 17)
Our devotion writer tells us that Martin Luther once said that the Revelation to John has twice as many riddles as it does sentences. I can certainly identify with that description. Our devotion writer explains that the Revelation was written at a time of deep persecution for many Christians. “Its words affirm that God is ultimately in charge and is good.”
It also reminds us of the evil that exists for now in the earth and the struggle we must endure until the time that Christ returns and that Jesus has already won the war. It just illustrates quite dynamically what the final days will be like. When we think about it imagine just how many people around the world on any given Sunday join in the celebration of Holy Communion. How much of a crowd of people must that be all together at sometimes, or on the same day raise their voices in praise to God but in different buildings and different cities. There are millions! What a wonderful noise God must hear.
Our devotion writer writes; “When we participate in worship and receive communion, we are united with Jesus and with the faithful of every time and place. We become part of that host worshiping joyfully before the throne of the Host. We participate in the triumph of life over death, forgiveness over sin, and love over hatred. We participate in the power and presence of God, who loves and unites us.”
Prayer: “Gracious God, feed me always with the Bread of life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Multitude from Every Nation
9 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. 10 They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
11 And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 singing,
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. 16 They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; 17 for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”