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White robes…

02 Nov

After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, singing, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:9-17, NRSV)

Who are these in the white robes around the throne of the Lamb?

They are the ones who have come through the great ordeal, and washed their robes in the blood of the lamb and they are brilliantly white and spotless, because of the blood…

I get that on one level, and yet on another it is completely asinine. How can robes be washed in blood be white and spotless? I mean have you ever tried to wash out blood? and if not have you ever watched CSI or a similar show? Blood doesn’t come out easy…

But the blood of the lamb can wash away our stains and our blemishes and make us look perfect in the eyes of God.

So come through the ordeal and wash your robe in the blood of the lamb, and stand before the throne praising Him forever!

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