July 17 – United: Country – Revelation 5

Read Revelation 5:1-10

More than 30 years ago, I traveled for the first time to Brazil to visit churches Grace Church in Wooster helped establish through the work of our missions’ staff.

I will never forget that trip.

It wasn’t the boat ride on the Amazon that most impressed me. Nor was it the sweltering heat in Belem where the record low temperature is 68°.  And it wasn’t even the great time of fellowship I enjoyed with our missionaries at a retreat center.

What impressed me most was the first church service I attended. I stood with other believers in Jesus to sing praise to our God.  I didn’t recognize a single word they sang.  But those Brazilian Christians didn’t just sing. They SANG!! Even though I did not understand a word of Portuguese, it was clear we were worshiping the same God.

At that moment, I thought, “This is a glimpse of heaven.” I thought of these words in Revelation 5 where “ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” will sing a new song to the Lord (Revelation 5:9 – NLT).

There’s coming a day when all believers will fulfill the commands of Scripture to “sing a new song to the Lord” (Isaiah 42:9-10; Psalm 33:3; 96:1; 98:1; 149:1; Revelation 14:3).  Even if we can’t sing now, we will sing together then!

We will sing because Jesus, the Lamb of God, has paid the ultimate price for us (“For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” Revelation 5:9b – NLT).

We will sing because he has established a unique position we enjoy with each other (“…from every tribe and language and people and nation” Revelation 5:9c – NLT). The completed work of Jesus will unite believers in Him for all eternity, regardless of our ethnic, racial or economic backgrounds.

And He has provided us with an eternal privilege that we experience forever with Him (“And you have caused them to become a Kingdom of priests for our God. And they will reign on the earth” Revelation 5:10 – NLT).

If this is what God has designed us to experience when we are with Him, why not determine you will remember these things when you worship Him with others here on earth?  Why not reflect on the price Jesus has paid for you, the position you have in God’s family, and the privilege you will enjoy for all eternity?

 Bob Fetterhoff

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