Peoples and Languages

Walking through a quaint downtown area of a nearby city for the first time a couple of weeks ago, I came up to a store with several chairs on the sidewalk.

A black one.

A teal one.

A pink one.

A red one.

A green one.

They were all chairs, but they were all different.

Thinking about that, I am reminded of another recent experience.

I attended a church service in a large city whose members were all from a specific country other than my own.

Their language was one I could not speak.

Being prepared for visitors that were not of their background, they had an interpreter and a glass sound booth that he sat in.

I was given a little electronic box with headphones.

As the pastor was speaking in his language to the congregation, I was hearing an English translation for every sentence by the man in the booth.

So, in thinking of different chairs, I am also reminded of different people.

People who look differently than I do.

People who speak  a language that I cannot understand.

People from all different nations in the world.

God’s offer of salvation through Jesus is given to every person He has created.

It doesn’t matter what they look like or how they speak.

It doesn’t matter how old they are or their level of education.

God loves us all the same.

Jesus died for everyone.

Someday, as the book of Revelation states, there will be people from all tribes and languages standing before God.

How happy I am to know that this is true!

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After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,  and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

–Revelation 7:9-10

 

 

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Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

  Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

  And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.

  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.

  He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

—Revelation 21:1-7

 

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