“Future Neighbors” – Revelation 7:9

Revelation 7:9

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,”

As we reflect on unity this week, it’s fitting to end with a look to the future. In the book of Revelation, John is given a glimpse of those who will stand at the throne worshipping the lamb together. People from every tribe, nation, and language. This vision of our future is a testimony of God’s sweeping love and a reminder that our spiritual family extends far beyond those who are just like us. Part of revealing and reveling in God’s Kingdom here on earth is showing love and grace to our diverse brothers and sisters that will one day be our eternal neighbors.  
While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions:
  • What is the significance of white robes? What about the palm branches? 
  • Revelation was a letter of encouragement for the persecuted church in John’s day. How would this image have encouraged them? How might it encourage you? 
  • What can you do this week (prayer or action) to lift up your future neighbors?   

Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you?

Explain – what does the passage mean?

Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?

Respond – how is God leading you to respond?

Today’s post is by Jon Price, Associate Pastor


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