Living Testimony

Sunday, November 6, 2016

A homily preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry United Methodist Church November 6, 2016, All Saints Sunday.

Text:  Rev. 7:9-17 

 

The vision we have just received from Revelation is of those who remained faithful in the face of persecution—who have lived through and “come out of the great ordeal.”  Now they live in the light, love, and care of the Lamb of God, Jesus.  This vision is a reflection of what Jesus promises in the Beatitudes:  namely that “those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake” will enter the kin-dom of heaven— that kin-dom in which the Lamb of God, Jesus, sits on the throne, and in which there is no more hunger…no more getting burned for carrying the light, no more thirst for righteousness—because the Lamb is also the shepherd, guiding the blessed faithful to springs of the water of life.  And, as it says so powerfully in verse 17:  “and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”< [...]