Devotion for November 7-9, 2017

“The Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelaton 7:17

The Lamb will be their shepherd? That doesn’t make sense, does it? How could a lamb be a shepherd? Lamb are sheep and sheep need shepherding. But, yet, as we see the picture of heaven John describes in the book of Revelaton, that is exactly what we see: a Lamb who is a shepherd. We see a Lamb who sits on a throne and who shepherds people to living water, eternal water, to the God who created the whole universe and who wipes away every tear from the eyes of His people.

As you read that, I’d like for you to think about what that means. Think about how these tears are our tears as Christans in this life. They are the tears that we shed as we suffer harm and pain. They are the beads that well up in our eyes when we are sick and our bodies are breaking down. They are the founts which fow when we lose our spouse, parent, or even a child. These are tears that our God knows about. They are tears to which He promises to bring comfort. What a beautful picture.

But yet so ofen we don’t think about this beauty, do we? So ofen we don’t feel as though this will really come true. When we are sufering, we see this as a sign that God must be angry with us. When we are sick or our bodies don’t work right, we look to our doctors to make us beter, or even our own strength. When we grieve the loss of loved ones, we feel as though God has lef us. But this isn’t true. In fact as we look to who this Lamb is, we see that He is none other than our Lord Jesus. He is the perfect Lamb of God, sent into the world by our Heavenly Father, sent to die as the sacrifce for sin which had brought death into the world, and with it pain, sufering, sickness, and loss. He is the One who walked to the altar of the cross, bore the burden of it, and rose again on the frst Easter. And in His resurrecton, He became that Shepherd. He became a sheep to lead us, His fock, to His eternal Kingdom where all of our sorrows will be comforted.

This means that we don’t have to worry that God is stll angry with us. We don’t have to look to our own strength for healing. We don’t have to ever assume that God has left us. He hasn’t. He’s come to us in Jesus, and because of that, He promises to never leave us or forsake us. He has revealed our eternal healing in the resurrecton of Jesus, showing us where true hope lies. He has poured out all of His anger at sin on the Lamb, who bore it willingly for us. Because of Jesus we know that this is done and it is done for us. It is done so that the Lamb can take us to the living water: His Kingdom of eternal comfort in Jesus’ Resurrecton.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are the Lamb sacrifced for our sin. Shepherd us in this
mercy that we would cling always to your promise of eternal life under the
watchful eye of our Good Shepherd, awaitng the day we will stand before You
and You will wipe away our every tear. Amen.