Daily Radio Bible Podcast
Who are these people dressed in white? And why is John taking such careful account of every single one of them? And why do they shout with joy? John wants us to know the answer. So he asked the question, Who are these who are closed in white? Where did they come from? In verse 15, john says, they stand in front of God's throne and they serve him day and night in his temple. they once had no shelter, but now they do. They were once hungry and thirsty, but now they've been satisfied. They were once scorched by the heat of the sun, but now they have found shade. They were too familiar with tears and sorrow, that those tears have been dried. And now they have life giving water. But why them? Why are they dressed in white? Because they were willing to take something off their old clothes, no longer hiding and shame, cowering and fear. They have discovered that some garments have to be removed in order to clothe yourself in what is new. They took all those clothes off and stood naked before God as they really are. And they discovered in doing that, that the light of God is healing and restorative purging from us all that is not of love. Their prized clothes of piety and charity and reputation. They all failed to cover their shame and pain. They took their clothes and wash them in the blood of the lamb and he made them white. He made them new. They gave up on trying to cover and hide the hurt in the dirt. They hidden no longer. Now they know that they are seen known and loved by the lamb. All those who are hungry and thirsty, burned by the heat of the sun broken and weeping. All these people come and they have a new song of life. After this, I saw a vast crowd to great count from every nation, every tribe of people in language, standing in front of the throne, and before the lamb. They were all clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a crate roar. Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the lamb.
That's who they are. John wants you to know who they are and who you are. You can put on new clothes too. Made white by the blood of the Lamb. And you can have a new song even today. That's the prayer that I have for my own soul today. That's the prayer that I have for my family for my wife and my daughters and my son. And that's a prayer that I have for you. May it be so