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…. v 7
… they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb v 14
Whatever the precise imagery of John’s Revelation represents, the message here is clear. In the end, when all’s said and done, the redeemed will stand spotless before the throne. Verse 14 reminds us that we stand spotless because we have been washed in the blood of the lamb and nothing else.
This verse reminds me of a famous old hymn we used to sing when I was young!, written in 1878 by Elisha Hoffman a preacher in the US who taught sailors and seamen the gospel.
I can just imagine these salty sea dogs singing:
“are you washed in the blood
in the soul cleansing blood of the lamb?
are your garments spotless are they white as snow
are you washed in the blood of the lamb?”
although Revelation’s imagery can seem fantastic, to these sailors and to so many across time, across the world the gospel and its promises including our presence before Him one day, spotless, has resonated with so many. Perhaps only dimly seen now, it is real. Those from “every tribe, peoples and language” have believed, because it is real- in fact CS Lewis regarded what we are to see as even “more real” than our current “reality”.
What a hope, what a future.
May your Spirit inspire us today, with a renewed vision of our future, secure, because we are washed in the blood of the Lamb, and on no other grounds can I stand before you.
One day Lord, one day…