Sunday, May 31, 2009

daily text 05/31

Sunday, May 31st, 2009
"I have other sheep, which are not of this fold." (John 10:16)

Members of the great crowd are among those referred to by Jesus as his "other sheep." Their hope is to live forever on a paradise earth. They are confident that Jesus "will guide them to fountains of waters of life" and that "God will wipe out every tear from their eyes." With that in mind, they have "washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." (Revelation 7: 14, 17) They exercise faith in Jesus' sacrifice, and thus in God's eyes they have "white robes." They are declared righteous as friends of God, like Abraham. Moreover, since the growing great crowd of other sheep are viewed by God as righteous, they can hope to survive the destruction of this system of things at the great tribulation. (James 2:23-26) They can draw close to Jehovah, and as a group, they have the wonderful prospect of surviving Armageddon. -James 4:8; Revelation 7:15
(Watchtower issue: 01/15/08, 5:3, 4)