The feast of all saints, or All Saints Day, is when Christians remember all who have gone before. It’s a time for remembering the great-grandparents, the aunts and uncles, the cousins and the life-long friends who have been close to us in the faith over the years. They are saints now, but they were saints when they were alive as well. Yes, saints are all believers who have chosen to follow Christ, even those who stumble a lot but nevertheless still give it their best. Put another way, saints are simply people who have chosen to point their lives in what they believe is God’s direction. Together they appear to be in lock-step, marching along the same Christian path. Reminds one of that great gospel song, “When the Saints go Marching in.”
The stories of those saints who will forever stay in our minds and hearts can still give a portion of their spirit to us who now run our own race. As models of inspiration, they can help us move ever forward along the Christian path and provide the strength and hope we need to lead holy lives today that truly reflect the Christ-like nature of those who have gone before. The Bible begins with the magnificent story of God’s creation of the universe and it ends with His creation of a new heaven and a new earth. This offers tremendous hope and encouragement for the believer. When we are with God, with our sins forgiven and our future secure, we and all the saints will be like Christ. And we will be made perfect like Him.
In this week’s show, Reverend Christina Thompson takes listeners through Revelation 21:1-6a which says (ESV):
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also, he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.
About Reach Out and Trust
Reach Out and Trust is a faith-based 30-minute program brought to you each Sunday morning at 7:30 am and 11:30 am. Reach Out and Trust is a ministry of Whitney United Methodist Church here in Boise. Rev. Christina Thompson is the pastor at Whitney and each week brings her sermon to the radio. Each program is designed to encourage trust in the Lord and seeks to bring everyone who listens to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
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