All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day

These Are Those Coming Out of The Great Tribulation

“Oh, that woman is a saint!” We sometimes hear the word saint used to describe patient, loving, or caring behavior from a person.

But in the Biblical sense of the word, it describes a holy person. And who is holy? They are those who believe in God’s forgiveness, or as the Scripture reading states today, “They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

What a vibrant and important visual – our robes made white by Christ’s blood! We, all believers, are the holy throng of saints! Because of Christ’s actions, we are made holy. And because we are holy, we can endure The Great Tribulation which is all around us. What is The Great Tribulation? It is the world’s vicious rejection of Christ and its efforts to pull us away from God’s love.

But we cling to God’s forgiveness, we hold fast to His Word and seek refuge in His love for us.

Below is today’s full sermon text from Revelation 7:

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, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing 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 saying, “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, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God,
    and serve him day and night in his temple;
    and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
    the sun shall not strike them,
    nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
    and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

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