And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:9-10)
I saw this last night. I saw heaven. I had a taste; I saw a glimpse.
I saw the redeemed “from every tribe and language and people and nation” gathered around the cross of Christ in manifest thankfulness. I saw something that I rarely see. I praise God that I saw that. It was eye opening, revealing.
For Good Friday last night I attended a meeting that some friends invited me to. It was an event where we looked together at the seven sayings of Jesus on the cross – seven passages, seven sermons, seven preachers.
And it was phenomenal! The very air – thick with the glory of God as his redeemed from African, Indian, Tongan, Chinese, and Australian (and the other divers nations present) backgrounds gathered to celebrate the cross of Christ! That is glorious!
It wasn’t your usual white-man gathering – which is why it was so great! We have a great God who would bring peoples together like he has for his glory.
I need to pull my head out of the ground and look around the world at my brothers and sisters in Christ, from all tribes and tongues, from all socio-economic backgrounds, from all religious demographics. I need to pray for them, for those suffering from familia-excommunication for becoming Christian; for those physically beaten and abused; for those filled with the Spirit and boldness who are martyred for the cause of Christ. Oh, make me to pray, Father! For the advancement of your kingdom through the nations, and for where you would have me play a role in this scene of your glorious production – the continuing preaching of the gospel to the nations.