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REFLECTION: These … follow the Lamb

A feature of Christ’s Disciples…..

 

These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. (Revelation 14:4)

 

During his exile on the small and lonely island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea, the apostle John was given by the Lord a number of visions concerning things to come (Rev.4:1). In one of these visions (described in Revelation 14) John caught sight of a large company of people on a mountain under the leadership of “the Lamb”. Patmos in those days was sparsely inhabited, and today its population is only about 3,000, but the group John saw was far more numerous. Many of John’s companions were prisoners who had been exiled, like him, to this remote place. Few of them would have agreed with the Patmos Island website comment that “living in Patmos is pure bliss” – but John would have understood. The presence of the Lord changed the character of his enforced island home and was “bliss” to him. The people he saw in his vision were not prisoners but were gloriously free!

 

We are told in Revelation 14:4 that the people in this large company “follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth.” This fascinating phrase is worth considering. Two related questions need to be asked as we ponder the significance of these words. First, who are these people?  Then, why are they engaged in this activity of following the Lamb? The context, as always, provides us with the answers.

 

The opening verse of Revelation 14 directs our attention to Mount Zion and to a Lamb accompanied by 144,000. Each one of the company has a name written on the forehead – and it is the name of the Father of the Lamb. This indicates that they belong to the Father and are visibly identified as being His. They are also described as being “redeemed from the earth” and are heard to be singing “a new song” (v.3). Clearly they have access into God’s presence for they are “before the throne” (v.3). In addition to this, they are “not defiled” and are therefore pure and holy individuals (v.4). It is after these facts have been revealed that we discover them to be following the Lamb wherever He leads.

 

APPLYING THE TRUTH

As mentioned already, Revelation deals with many future scenes – and these verses still await their fulfilment. Chapter 13 of Revelation is all about two “beasts” that will arise and control the world during the coming Great Tribulation. The believers of Revelation 14 seen on Mount Zion are connected with this and must not be confused with the Church today. However, it is always possible to make pertinent applications from Scripture, and although these verses are not about us they can have relevance for us today.

 

Consider the features that were discussed earlier. Do many of them not perfectly describe God’s people today? We know the identity of the Lamb. He is none other than our Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins at the cross. We know His Father – and we know Him as “our Father” too. Through the work of the Lord Jesus we have been “redeemed” and now are the Father’s possession. The visible evidence that we are His is not an outward mark but the presence of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Through the Saviour’s work at the cross we have been cleansed and made holy and have access to the throne. We are (or should be) a praising people who approach the throne to worship the Father. But the question remains – are we followers of the Lamb? Should we be any different from those described in Revelation 14?

 

BE LIKE THEM

We owe everything to the Lamb of God who gave His life for us. Love for Him should cause us to want His presence more than anything else. As His redeemed people, we must be prepared to follow Him faithfully wherever He may lead.