When crossing international boundaries, especially when I’m on a bridge and can look down to the water, I look for the dotted line. You know, the one that’s on maps. Of course, there is no dotted line. Sadly, we live in times when many wish to make those imaginary lines firm and bold. We hear talk of border walls and strict immigration quotas to keep people out or trade tariffs to keep goods out.
This magnificent vision from Revelation tells us that before the throne of the Lamb, there will be no distinctions of race, nationality, language or class. All peoples will join together in worshipping God in the temple.
For refugees who have suffered greatly journeying through desert lands, there is a special promise. “They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat.” (verse 16) And for those suffering in any way in this life, the reassuring words, “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (verse 17)
God, our refuge and strength, we rejoice in the promise of life eternal. Amen. — JRG