This weekend we celebrate All Saints’ Day. The first Sunday in November, it’s a time to give thanks and praise to God for those who have gone before us into eternal rest in Christ Jesus. Many of us are worshiping this day because someone helped bring us to faith. God uses His people to reveal Himself to us.
Revelation gives us a glimpse of what those who have gone before us in Christ are doing at this very moment. John writes:
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
God’s faithful people from all eras are standing before His throne right now singing His praises. Their dirty, sinful rags have been exchanged for robes of white, washed in the blood of Jesus. We rejoice and give thanks to God for this transformation! He did this. He transformed these sinful people into saints by the power of His Son Jesus.
You are a saint also. Did you know that? We often think of those who died in faith as saints, but we are too! A “saint” is simply one who stands forgiven before God, pure and holy. We don’t earn that. We don’t do anything to become saints. God does it. In baptism, God meets us in our sinful state and we “put on Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27) as Paul says. In other words, He gives us new robes of white.
And in some strange, incomprehensible way, we are connected through time and space with those saints of old. We stand with them today before the throne—they in heaven and we on earth—and cry out with a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
Some “All Saints” Music for You!
Churches will often sing “For All the Saints” on All Saints’ Day during worship. If you’d like to use it in your devotional time, you can find a contemporary recording with lyrics below, or an organ and choir version below that. Finally, we do a slideshow of members and friends of First Trinity that have gone to their eternal rest. The background music for that is O Praise the Name (Anástasis). You can find that song at the very bottom.