April 26, 2012

Follow the Lamb

Revelation 14:1-4

They follow the Lamb wherever he goes.
—Revelation 14:4


Many children know the nursery rhyme about Mary and the little lamb that followed her to school. Well, our Bible reading today is about a lamb—but not that little lamb. It is about Jesus, the Lamb of God; Mary’s baby born long ago in Bethlehem. Jesus, the Lamb of God who died on a cross, was raised from the dead and ascended to heaven. He is the ruling Lord who is coming again one day.

Children and adults often ask, “What will heaven be like?” Will there be streets paved with gold? Will there be a sun? Will we know each other? Will we keep making discoveries there? Many books have been written about this subject, and they give a great diversity of answers. But no one really has all the answers.

Our Scripture today gives a rare glimpse of being in God’s presence. Believers stand on Mt. Zion with the Lamb, Jesus. Songs are sung before the throne that sound like a mixture of rushing waters, thunder, and harp music. And the people? “They follow the Lamb wherever he goes.”

Though we can’t answer many of our questions about heaven, we know one thing for sure: we will be completely devoted followers of Jesus. Now, let me ask, “If you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ, are you following him as the Lord of your life? Are you following in the footsteps of the Lamb?”

Lamb of God, Lord Jesus Christ, you have given your life for us. With joy and with songs of thanksgiving we surrender our lives to you. Amen.

About the author — John Van Schepen

Dr. John Van Schepen is a retired pastor who served churches in Washington, Wisconsin, Indiana, Oregon and California. He and his wife, Willie, have been blessed with five children and several grandchildren.

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