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.”
When we look around at God’s creation, it’s obvious that He loves variety. He could have made just one kind of bird. Instead we have robins, doves, chickadees, blue jays, and eagles. Even a cursory understanding of human DNA reveals every single human being that has ever lived, and that ever will live, is unique. We even have unique fingerprints.
The internet and accessibility to travel has made the world seem like a much smaller place and we are increasingly brought into contact with people from many different ethnicities, languages, cultures and belief systems. And yet, these differences can cause division, prejudice, and even wars.
We see from the passage in Revelation that heaven will be filled with people from all over the globe. As Christians, we know that every person was created in the image of God, including those who are very different from us. As our world continues to merge and grow smaller, we must make it our goal to love and accept people the way Jesus did.
Jesus’ final words before ascending to heaven is our mission, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Because of technology, we have more opportunity than ever before to make disciples of all nations. But this can only be accomplished when we let down our preconceived notions about other cultures and people different than us. There are people in every ethnicity on earth that hunger and yearn to know their Creator and how they can truly be part of His forever family. The love of God in the gospel can transcend all peoples and all cultures, and today’s verses show that this will happen because of this glimpse we have to a worship scene in Heaven and who is there!
Have you ever had the opportunity to share God’s love with people from another culture? Was it difficult? Did you know that when you give to a local church like HDC, that a portion of the offerings that come in each week are used to support missionaries all over the world who are bringing the gospel to various people groups?