“[F]or the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to the springs of water of life…” Rev 7.17
I recently preached on a message on Rev 7.9-17 on the importance of knowing the End of the Story. I was about half-way through the sermon when I finally saw that the message really was for me - for us, as we are in the middle of our transition. One of the important points about the Book of Revelation is that things are not what they appear to be. In John's vision, it is God, not the Roman Empire or any other power in heaven or earth, who is in control of history. It is God who has the last word and whose agenda shapes the course and content of reality. And at the centre of this (re)vision of reality is Jesus – the Lamb in whose blood their robes have been washed, the crucified & resurrected Lamb - and everything in heaven and earth cannot help but worship the Lamb (Rev 7.9, 11, 15, 17).
You see, knowing the end frees us up to worship the Lamb now - and to listen for His voice. We do not have to worry about where this all leads us – we may faithfully follow Christ wherever that may take us, and even enjoy the journey! For in the end the wrongs will be righted and the sorrows turned to joy and we will be led to the springs of the water of life by the Lamb who is our Shepherd. And that's something our family is learning continually to remember.