And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth,” Revelation 5:9-10, ESV.
Every four years, the torch passes. A new generation takes the spotlight, and the new limits are set. It is not the changing of the political guard; or the presidential elections that capture the world’s attention—it’s the Olympics. Athletes from all over the world come together to show their skill, talent and training as they compete to stand on the podium as the world’s best at their particular sports.
Some of the teams have very definite physical characteristics. God has blessed them with recognizable physical attributes—certain skin pigmentation or facial features that make it easier to determine where they are from. What caught my attention was the diversity of the American team. It seemed that each heritage of American citizenship was represented at the Olympics. Their diversity was so refreshing to me—our land is a place where all are welcome. The prejudice of a few cannot stop the masses from finding a place to call home in America. Peoples from everywhere can come to America and find a way to fulfill their dreams—our athletes did it through hard work and training; with supportive families and friends; with coaches and staff who helped them stay the course until their hopes brought them to the moment of the Olympics. Someone was crowned victor in each event, national anthems were played, and lifetimes of training and decision were decided.
In Heaven, there will be a Victor crowned—the Lamb, worthy because of the blood He spilled to gain our redemption. He will set up a perfect kingdom, dreams will be fulfilled as we take our places in His divine design for eternity, each will be rewarded for the work and talents that were shared to further His kingdom after we had accepted His grace of forgiveness (I Corinthians 3:10-15) and a new anthem will be sung. According to our Scripture passage for today, the new anthem with be the Song of the Lamb—sung by “…every tribe, language, people and nation.” People from everywhere can come to salvation through the blood of the Lamb, and on the day He sets up His kingdom, they will be citizens of the land of Eternity. And the glorious moments of the Olympics will pale in comparison to His great light and love for us!
Lord, thank You that You have heavenly citizenship awaiting anyone—no matter their color, creed, background or nation. You have blessed us with that citizenship through the blood of Your Son, and we are so grateful! For any who have not accepted this citizenship, please let today be the day they believe in the name of Your Most Holy Son, Jesus Christ, and accept His redemption for their souls through faith! Amen.