I Have a Dream
This past Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington. The speech, which is one of the most memorable in our nation’s history, has proven to be a catalyst for equal rights among all peoples. I am so grateful for Dr. King and his zeal for all people to be viewed equally regardless of ethnicity.
Even though there remain pockets of racism and stereotypical thinking across this nation, I believe that much of the Dream has been realized. Segregation in schools is gone, voting rights have been established for all, and people have equal opportunities for jobs regardless of ethnicity. We have taken great steps in this regard.
The Beauty of Christ’s Ethnically Diverse Bride
I’m thankful for this because the steps that we’ve taken as a nation reflect the heart of God. Jesus desires people from all nations to trust in Him and become a part of His bride. He died for us—all nations, tribes, peoples—and His death is the subject of the celebratory song found in Revelation 5:9.
Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals;
For You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
Before equal rights were conceived in the minds and hearts of our Framers or of Dr. King, they were in the heart of King Jesus, who died for us, the ones who bear His image.
We Have a Promise
Not only was it a possibility that Christ died for representatives of all nations, but it is a certainty. His atonement was an actual atonement that purchased people from all nations. We see the fulfillment of this in Revelation 7:9-10.
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and people and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
Jesus died for the nations, and we will be redeemed—it is a certainty. Heaven will be filled with a multitude that no one can count of ethnically diverse souls that make up Christ’s radiant and iridescent bride. Let us celebrate this diversity on earth as it is in heaven and thank God for the beauty of His creation and the diversity of the nations, for whom Christ died.