I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count,
from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9-10
Lord Jesus, we’ve never ached for the fulfillment of John’s vision more than we do right now. In his early 80’s, John’s Roman world was one of great division and racial tension, economic-classism and ethnic-elitism, paranoid leaders and abused citizens.
But right in the middle of the crazy-making madness and heart-crushing sadness of his day, you gave John this tantalizing vision. Not a vision of how things might be, but WILL be. He saw the Day of the great ingathering—the Day when your every-race Bride will be clothed in grace, worshipping as one, adoring you with awe.
There won’t be any more “white supremacy,” just Christ-supremacy. We won’t be “color-blind,” but color invigorated—maintaining our multi-colored skin tones forever. Finally, we will be free from all prejudice and racism, stereotyping and marginalizing. We will love each other perfectly, as you love us so passionately.
Lord Jesus, as the Lamb of God, you purchased this great every-race all-of-grace salvation. As Lord of lords, you are now at work in our lives to humble us, gladden us, and transform us. Intensify our love for you, and for one another.
Show each of us where we are more racially prejudiced, than we realize. Help us hate the sin in our hearts more than we hate the looting in our cities. May we live with hope; fight the “good fight of faith,” and not just fight; and learn from those most oppressed in our communities. So very Amen we pray, in your loving and powerful name.