Who are they?
Saint or sinner... usually in society there's a distinct difference. Today many people cringe at the thought of being referred to as a saint. Our imperfections of word, thought and deed remind us that we are in fact sinners. Yet, we're reminded that in the Bible, the saints were not those who were successful in perfection, but those who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ.
On this Sunday, we recognize All Saints Day and the lives of those members of our church who have passed away since this time last year. Pastor Jerome Brimmage took the time to share some special memories about several of the 13 Saints who have gone ahead of us to heaven. Who are they? Watch, listen and remember your own loved ones who are now robed in white in the Kingdom of God.
9After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10They cried out in a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!" 11And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12singing, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen."
13Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?" 14I said to him, "Sir, you are the one that knows." Then he said to me, "These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. 16They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; 17for 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."