Words from the Heart for Sunday February 25th, 2018
And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.”
Revelation 5:9 (NIV)
Every Tribe and Nation
The salvation the Lord provided is for everybody. When we meet people from other places and of other languages we do not have to wonder if they are included in the salvation purchased by the blood of Jesus. He has made it possible for all people everywhere to come to God. Share this good news today.
First Nations is a term used to describe Aboriginal peoples in Canada who are not Métis or Inuit. In 2011, there were more than 1.3 million people in Canada who identified as being of First Nations heritage. There are 634 First Nations in Canada, speaking more than 50 distinct languages. First Nations people are original inhabitants of the land that is now Canada, and were the first to encounter sustained European contact, settlement and trade.
The heart of the Gospel is that God loved the world. The whole world. Everybody from every language group in every tribe in every country on every continent around the world. That is pretty inclusive. So Jesus came to bear the sin of every individual by dying on the cross, taking their punishment upon himself. And as the Gospel has been taken around the globe, the world is getting closer to the prophecy in Revelation 5:9: “And they sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.’” What Jesus accomplished by His death and resurrection is beyond imagination. And we long for the day when we stand with millions and millions of others who have been redeemed by Jesus and made pure, standing before the throne, worshipping the one who is worthy to receive all of our praise and worship. This day is getting closer. The work of Bible translation into every language and dialect is getting close and it won’t be long before what John saw will come to be.
These have been words from the heart.