Rev.7:14 – And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
There is an unusual boldness in those who have recognized the power in the blood of Jesus. Hebrews speaks of coming before the throne of grace with boldness. Here, John is describing the boldness of the martyrs. They endured persecution through the power of their testimony, now they have stepped into unspeakable, eternal joy. Our world today is filled with temptation, we are continually pressed to throw away our testimony and be pressed into the culture of the world. Tasting the blood of Jesus gives a sense of the shallowness of this life and the heavy weight of glory that we call the kingdom of heaven. The blood washes away our past, gives us a sense of our sonship in Christ, and a joyful anticipation of things to come. All of this fills us with boldness, the world has literally lost its hold on us. Here is how Bishop Ellicott describes this verse.
“The imagery is to be found in the Gospel and in John’s Epistle; its use here and in Revelation 1:5 points to a common authorship: the emblem of the blood which washes white, or cleanses, is not used with such distinctness elsewhere in the New Testament. It is, in St. John’s lips, but a following out of the twice-repeated words which he quotes from John the Baptist at the opening of the Gospel, when he proclaimed Christ to be “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” In that Lamb of God those who came out of great tribulation found the forgiveness and the spiritual power which gave them confidence and hope in the midst of life’s war and life’s weariness; for the man who knows that he is forgiven and that he is being helped to holiness is the man who thinks no fiery trial strange, but rejoices in the knowledge that his salvation is of God.”
When our sins are forgiven the fear of judgement is taken away, we can now approach Christ with boldness and are no longer afraid to go against the cultural tide of this generation. We are free from sin and not afraid of the lies and threats of this world. Like the martyrs, our robes have been washed in the blood of the Lamb.