9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”
14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”
And he said, “These are they who have come 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 ‘Never again will they hunger;
never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ v
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”
This is why we preach the gospel! It is worth pointing out that unless you are Jewish, you are part of “the nations.” The gospel has come to me and I am not Jewish, but part of the nations, part of the “ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). How could I now cease from continuing to preach the gospel?
But who does salvation belong to? Is it mine or yours? In a sense, sure. The one who has received it as a free gift has it. But whose is it to distribute? It belongs to God. He accomplished it through the lamb (Jesus). The response ought to be wide open, bold worship. The glorification of the one who not only went to the cross and was sacrificed, but the one who rose again and will come again.
Take some time this morning and thank God for this great truth, perhaps read these songs we find in this text back to God in worship. Thank him that salvation is His to give and that He has given it to you. Then pray for an opportunity to share this truth with someone else and invite them to church. Perhaps they too will join the nations will sing of God’s glory.