Reading: Revelation 7: 9-17
Verse 16: Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.
Tonight is a “scary” night. People of all ages dress up in fun costumes and go out to collect candy. The reality is that the “trick” has largely left the “trick or treat” aspect of the night and it is largely about dressing up (which is fun) and collecting candy (which is yummy). For the vast majority who will be going door to door, trunk to trunk, or table to table, Halloween is just a fun night.
Although the “darkness” of Halloween is largely gone, the world we live in still has plenty of darkness. The world brings each person their share of hurt and pain in life. It is part of the otherwise beautiful and loving world. As Christians we can better face the forces of evil and the times of pain and suffering because we know the end of the story. Today, in Revelation 7, we get a peak into the end of the story. We see praise and worship around the throne. We see those that have gone through the great tribulation – they have been redeemed and their robes are white as snow. They join the elders and the angels in worshipping God and the Lamb. It is a wonderful and beautiful image of the end of life as we know it here on earth.
Through the victory of Jesus Christ we know that “never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst”. It will be a time of light and love as we dwell with God and the Lamb. All will be amazing as we join the heavenly choir singing our praises to the Lord our God. The Lamb will lead us by springs of living water and God will wipe away every tear. This is the vision, the hope, the promise that we hold onto as we dwell in this time and place. Thanks be to God for the victory won by Jesus Christ!