Revelation 21:1–4 (NLT)
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
Revelation 21: 1-8: A new heaven and earth replaces the old and the sea is no more. The new Jerusalem comes down out of heaven “like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” A shout from the throne says that God will live among His people, wipe every tear from their eyes and end all death, sorrow, crying, and pain. God says that He is making everything new and that He will give freely from the springs of the water of life. He will be their God and they will be His children. 9-27: John is invited by one of the angels to look at the Bride of Christ. He views the new Jerusalem with twelve gates, three facing each direction. On each gate is written the twelve tribes of Israel. On each of the foundation stones were written the names of the twelve apostles. The angel measures the city and it is a 1400 mile square. The walls are 216 feet thick. The wall is built on foundation precious stones, jasper, sapphire, agate, emerald, onyx, carnelian, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, chrysoprase, jacinth, amethyst. Each gate is a single pearl. And the streets are clear gold. There is no temple because the Father and the Lamb are its temple. There is no sun or moon because God’s glory illuminates the city. The gates are always opened and there is no night. All the nations will bring their glory and honor into the city. Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, only those whose names are in the Book of Life will come in.
John sees the Bride of Christ coming down out of heaven arrayed as a bride on her wedding day. A woman never looks more beautiful than she does at that moment. We will never be more holy, perfect, nor glorious than we will be at that moment when we come to be forever joined to our Lord. Earthly marriage can’t compare to what that will be, but the joy, intimacy, surrender, and worship we experience will be unimaginable. Surely we must be re-created because our capacity for joy and grace will be expanded infinitely just to be able to take in that moment.
This must become something I focus on and look forward to so that my life is impacted and any “sacrifices” I make have the right context.
I will focus on this today.