Salvation Belongs to our God - Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019

Revelation 7:10 (NIV84)

10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

We usually don’t like it when someone tells us the ending of a good book or movie. We might feel like it’s not even worth reading the book or watching the movie if someone spoils the ending. But people really want to know the ending when it comes to their life. People want to know what’s going to happen when their days on the earth are over. The book of Revelation gives us a glimpse of the end of our story - all of history. And this small glimpse of the ending is amazing for us as believers!

The scene in heaven involves multitudes of believers from every nation standing before the throne of God. They’re wearing white robes. They’re holding palm branches. They’re crying out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” We look forward to the day when we get to join that multitude in singing that song.

In the meantime, while we wait to be part of that scene in heaven, we need to focus on what those saints are singing about. They’re singing about the Lamb. Jesus is the Lamb of God. He gave himself as the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. That sacrifice paid and paved our way to the eternal throne of God in heaven. Yes, salvation belongs to us! Not that we could claim it for ourselves. Rather, because of his sacrifice and substitute, Jesus is our Savior.

How fitting that the saints in heaven are depicted as holding palm branches. Salvation was as good as done when he entered under the branches that Palm Sunday. We have the comfort of knowing the end of our story this week and every other. And since that is the end of our eternal story, nothing can change it. Salvation belongs to our God and he delights to share it with us.


PRAYER:  Heavenly Father, we long to be gathered around your throne in heaven, singing songs of praise with all believers. We thank you for sharing your salvation with us in your Son. We rejoice that salvation belongs to us and we look forward to enjoying salvation with you in eternity. Amen.