“for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” vs. 17
One of the visions John shared with his readers has given believers of every time and place a measure of comfort in their encounters with death. He describes a great white robed choir standing before the throne of God singing a powerful hymn of blessing and thanksgiving. These of course are the saints triumphant, those who have known both death and resurrection, and who are experiencing new life with God. Of course these beautiful words of promise are not intended to be taken literally…they’re metaphors designed to give hope to those who mourn. They’re especially poignant as we think of those who have endured great suffering on their journey here on earth. Not everyone gets to experience goodness and mercy during their lifetimes…some know an abundance of pain…some even tire of life itself. When death comes for such as these it’s good to know that the Good Shepherd will take them up in his arms and guide them to the springs of the water of life…and that all their weeping will be at an end. It’s imagery such as this that we hang on to when death has come near. The words are an assurance that our loved ones are at last resting in peace.
Thought for the Day: What image of life after death gives me the most comfort?