Happy New Year

Contributed by Bronya Mulder

I read recently from Revelation 7 and it struck me deeply as something to share, particularly as we close out 2018. I hope these verses have the same amazing comfort and hope for you as they did for me.

After this 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, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?”

I said to him, “Sir, you know.”

And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

“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.

They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;

the sun shall not strike them,

nor any scorching heat.

For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,

and he will guide them to springs of living water,

and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:9-10,13-17)

If you close your eyes you can picture us standing together as the year ends, with white robes, arms outstretched, eucalypt branches in our hands, eyes looking heavenward, being able to say loudly, with confidence and awe “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb”

But who are these people? Who are we in Melville? We are those who are to hold fast to Christs promises, we are a people who will come “out of the great tribulation” together, the sufferings on earth will be no more. We will wash our robes and make them white in the blood of the Lamb, therefore we will be able to stand before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter us with his presence. We shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike us, nor any scorching heat. The Lamb in the midst of the throne is our shepherd, and he will guide us to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from our eyes.

It has been a privilege to worship as a church together in 2018. May God uphold and strengthen our church and our community through the new year and into eternity.