Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.
Only in the first and last books of the Bible it is talked about the tree of life. Revelation 22:14 says, Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. Here is given the requirement that entitles us to the tree of life: washing our robes. What does washing our robes mean? When we wash our robes, they feel clean, pure and fresh. In the biblical language, washing robes implies purity and holiness.
At the time in which we live, the predominant philosophy is coexistence and tolerance. In that sense, respect for minorities and the free expression of their thoughts are imposed. That would not be bad if those who have less liberal ideas and more adherents to biblical morals were allowed the same right and could express themselves in the same way. Because of this socio-political tendency, the church itself has softened the messages that are preached to the point of almost completely excluding topics such as sin and holiness.
There are pastors who think that if they preach on such issues, the congregation will decrease in the number of parishioners negatively affecting their finances. That’s why they prefer to preach about topics that appeal to people. These topics include: that they will be prosperous and happy; that all their problems are solved by becoming to Christ, that we are children of a King who owns gold and silver; that God hates sin, but loves the sinner; that God loves us just as we are, and so on.
The preaching of the gospel by Jesus Christ, his disciples and the true ministers for two thousand years has never been based on topics that are pleasing to the hearers. The first two words of the true gospel are not prosperity and happiness but: repent and convert. To repent means to stop doing what we have been doing all our lives, that is, sin, to change our course in 180 degrees. To convert us means that from now on our life must resemble Christ’s, it is to live in holiness.
Time is running out, the day of the Lord, great and terrible, is ever nearer. We must be aware that the moral and material deterioration of modern societies is something that does not go back. Let us not deceive ourselves, things will never be as before. Climate change is irreversible and the planet is going to give us the bill. The economy has no guarantee that it will improve. Let us not be surprised that at some point homosexuality is declared obligatory. What comes after all this? Will God stand idly by?
The Bible, our guide par excellence, the Word inspired by God has the answer to all that. The message of alertness throughout Scripture is there, available to all, some will hear this message and, like Noah or Lot, will escape destruction; others will continue their lives as if everything were normal and the catastrophe that looms will surprise them and will not have time to be safe. The time to give up sin, to live in holiness and to stop paying attention to the things of the world is today. Let us wash our clothes to be entitled to the tree of life and enter through the gates of the New Jerusalem. God bless you.