“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.” – Revelation 22:14
The washing of the robes is the symbolic cleansing of ourselves from sin. It comes only through our asking and receiving that which Jesus has freely given by His great grace. Going “through the gates into the city”, is our promised entry into eternity with Him, for all who believe and receive Him in our hearts. I imagine “the tree of life”, though it was once the one thing not allowed in the garden with God, even that, will be ours to take part in, because of the perfect sacrifice given by our Savior, and by the defeat and destruction that will come to the deceiver. Blessed indeed, will be every believer, on that great and glorious day when we are welcomed into our eternal home with Him!
As we arrive at this eve of yet another new year, it is good to both reflect upon what He has done, and anticipate what He will do. I tend not to make resolutions, but rather resolve to continue to passionately pursue Christ to the best of my ability, daily, leaning not on my own understanding, but on His, and trust that He will continue to lead, guide and direct my every step in the direction He wants me to go. A year and a half ago, I would have never have believed that I would willingly make what God places on my heart in writing, publicly available for so many to access. Though it is still a bit intimidating, I never question His faithfulness to meet me each morning and whisper His words to my heart as I study His word. He has held my hand and guarded my heart, as I have been grown and encouraged, challenged and loved well by both Him and the hearts of His people in this kind and loving community.
A very blessed 2013 to you all as we wait, wearing our freshly washed robes of white – for we are His, and He is preparing a place for us, far greater than our minds can conceive.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son to be the perfect sacrifice for all of our sin. Please forgive us and help us to embrace the grace You give so that we may wrap ourselves in Your robes of white. Thank You that we are blessed with the assurance of knowing the ultimate outcome, regardless of how things appear right now. May this new year bring bountiful opportunities to be a blessing on Your behalf. May many come to know You in this new year. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present