I remember it like it was yesterday. I was serving on the Chapel Design Team at Asbury Theological Seminary. Our fearless leader, J.D. Walt, decided that we would all get up super early…travel to the field where the Icthus Music Festival was held and have a sunrise prayer meeting of sorts. I remember it well for two reasons. 1. I am, by no stretch of the imagination, a morning person. The gas station was not even open yet for crying out loud! (Wilmore Kentucky only had one) 2. We took a few moments to share a Bible verse that we had been thinking about. Mine still sticks with me today.
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” (Revelation 22:12-16)
And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,’ nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’” (Revelation 7:14-17)