The Blood of the Lamb and the End of the Age
April 1, 2009
by Charles H. Spurgeon
Look at Revelation 7:13-14. All the saints in Heaven are standing in their glittering ranks, white-robed, pure as the driven snow. They sing and praise one glorious Name, when one of the elders first asks the question, “What are these which are arrayed in white robes, and from where did they come?” He himself gives the answer, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” In the words of the old hymn, “Palms of Glory,”
“Round the altar priests confess,
If their robes are white as snow,
‘Twas the Savior’s righteousness,
And His blood that made them so.”
The blood of the Lamb has whitened all the saints who are in Heaven! They sing of Him who loved them and washed them from their sins in His own blood! That second word so beautifully fits the language of the beloved Apostle John: “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 1:5-6). There is no whiteness in Heaven but what the Lamb has worked, no brightness there but what the Lamb has bought. Everything there shows the wondrous power and surpassing merit of the Lamb of God!
If it is possible to think of something more glorious than I have already described, I think you will find it in Revelation 5:13— “And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.”
The day shall come when, from every place that God has made, there shall be heard the voice of praise unto the Lamb—there shall be found everywhere men and women redeemed by blood, angels and glorious spirits, rejoicing to adore Him who was, and is, and is to come, the Almighty Lamb of God!
Further on [in Revelation] we find such a passage as this, telling us of victory through the Lamb of God: “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 12:11). The Lamb is a great Warrior—there is none like He. Is He not the Lion of the tribe of Judah? Though He is gentle as a lamb, yet against sin and iniquity He is fiercer than a young lion when it roars on its prey. If we follow Him, hold fast His truth, believe in His atonement and perpetually proclaim His Gospel, we shall overcome all error, all sin and all evil.
Well now, this blessed Lamb—it is not easy to stop talking about Him once one begins, one is so blessed that you may well behold Him, for all happiness comes through Him—in Heaven you will see nothing without Him.
“Nothing?” you ask. No, nothing. Here is a proof of my words: “The city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof” (Revelation 21:23).
All the light, the knowledge, the joy, the bliss of Heaven come through the atoning sacrifice of Christ. Not Jesus only, but Jesus slain—Jesus the Lamb of God—is the very Light of Heaven!
And what do you think is the joy-day of Heaven, the time for the highest exultation? Why, the joyous day when all the golden bells shall peal out their glorious melodies, and all the silver trumpets shall ring out their jubilant notes will be the day of the marriage of the Lamb! It is the Heaven of Heaven, the climax of ineffable delight! And the voice of the great multitude, as the voice of many waters and as the voice of mighty thunder, sings, “Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready” (Revelation 19:6-7). So that, at the topmost round of the ladder of eternal bliss, there you find the Lamb! You cannot get beyond Him. He gives you all He has, even Himself. Behold Him, then. And go on beholding Him throughout the countless ages of eternity!
CHARLES SPURGEON (1834–1892) has often been called “the Prince of Preachers.” In 1854 he accepted a call to pastor the New Park Street Chapel in London. The small congregation grew quickly, outgrowing its chapel even after it was enlarged. In 1861 the congregation moved to a new building, the Metropolitan Tabernacle, in order to accommodate the crowds at what became the largest Baptist church in the world.
Beginning in 1855, Spurgeon published a sermon every week. In 1865 the sermons sold 25,000 copies weekly.
A strong defender of biblical doctrine, Spurgeon in 1887 withdrew from the Baptist Union in protest of some who were straying from the doctrines of Christ’s atoning sacrifice, the inspiration of Scripture and justification by faith.