Thursday, 01 May 2014 14:47

What a Glorious Day It Will Be!

Written by  Travis Coleman, Jr.
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My wife and I, along with our three children and their families, vacationed at Disney World during spring break 2014. It was a wonderful experience of five days and four nights in Walt Disney’s playground. The best part was spending time with our six grandchildren. We knew it would be too hard navigating the Disney parks with a group of 14 so we divided up. Gram and Granddaddy stayed with a different family each day. From time to time the families met up for the same attraction or to eat a meal together. Everyone agreed it was the best vacation we have had as a family.

 

My wife and I visited the Magic Kingdom two months after it opened in 1971. We’ve been several other times since, but this was the first time we had been in over 25 years. My how it has changed! This recreational empire now has something for everyone. The crowd was very representative of that fact. People from all over the United States and the world were there. Just as Epcot has an international global flavor, the crowd reflected that and much more. The parks’ visitors were there for the purpose of enjoying the colorful and varied opportunities to be thrilled and entertained. I didn’t see anyone disappointed.

 

As I witnessed the blend of people from all over our country and world two great Bible verses from Revelation 5 came to mind, “And they sang a new song: ‘You (Jesus) are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God and they will reign on the earth (vv.9-10).’”

 

These verses convey numerous truths, but the one I want you to note is that many men, women, and children have already been saved and will in the future be saved “from every tribe, and language and people and nation.” What a glorious day that will be as the children of God will be gathered in heaven. They will sing, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise (v.12).” Imagine Christians from every corner of the earth, every people group, every language group, and every color singing unto the Lord.

 

I witnessed an example of what that crowd will look like at Disney World. While there were not representatives “from every tribe and language and people and nation” present in the parks, it sure looked like it. We mingled with people from various countries around the world. It is true they weren’t there to worship God and His Son, Jesus, but the atmosphere created there reminded me of that great day that is coming for every believer.

 

I have to admit there was sadness in my heart as I looked over the mass of people. Many of the people I saw were not believers in Jesus Christ, God’s only way of salvation. What a reminder for Christians to be diligent in sharing the gospel. We want that number “from every tribe and language and people and nation” to be as large as possible. What a glorious day it will be as we praise God before His throne with all of God’s children!

 

 

 

Travis Coleman, Jr. is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Prattville.

 

 

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