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they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open
its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men
for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
John’s vision he sees the Lamb who was slain surrounded by the elders
and the four living creatures as they worship him. The Lamb, they
sing, is worthy of praise and worship because he laid down his life to
save people from every people group. God's intention and plan is to
save people from every people group. Jesus’ sacrifice was made for
people of every race, ethnicity, nation, and language. God so loved the
world that he sent his only Son that whoever believes in him might have
Response and Action:
need to be mindful that Christ’s love and sacrifice are for all
people. If God's heart is benevolent toward all people regardless of
ethnicity and culture, my heart, as I am being led and shaped by the
Spirit, should be the same. I will raise my voice in praise to God for
the salvation and hope he offers to all humanity through Christ. I will
join God's redemptive intention and work for the blessing and salvation
all people whatever their race or nationality.
you, O God, for Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the
world. Thank you for your grace and mercy to all people. Help your
people to love and save and extend grace to all people. Help me to
reach past every barrier of race, language, and culture in order to
share the love of and redemption of Jesus with all people. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Acts 10:34-35
34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.
From Every People and Nation
by J. Daniel Hays and Donald A. Carson