“For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”
~ Revelation 7:17
Sometime the news headlines are a harsh reminder of life in this sinful world. Sometimes our hearts are broken or our dreams shattered. This world will almost always disappoint us, so don’t cling to the hope of what your life on earth could be; and don’t despair of what it isn’t.
Put your hope in the Lamb and focus on where he is leading you. Look at the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He went uncomplaining forth to death to open the way to eternal life. In view of the joy set before him, he endured the cross, disregarded its shame, and sat down on God’s throne.
From there, the Lamb, Jesus Christ, shepherds us through death to life. He leads us to the living water of Word and Sacrament, and invites us to drink deeply. He connects us to his death and resurrection in baptism’s water so we too may live. He gives us forgiveness in the Lord’s Supper to assure us that we shall not perish but have eternal life.
This life might bring broken hearts and shattered dreams, but because the Lamb is our Shepherd, when we die we will leave our tears and disappointments here on earth. He is leading us to a paradise were sin and all its problems are a thing of the past.
Prayer: Christ, you are my Savior in calm as in strife; death cannot hold me, for you are the Life. Darkness nor doubting nor sin and its stain can touch my salvation: with you, Jesus, I reign. Amen.