Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Revelation 21:1-8

Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.

WOW! This is what we have been waiting for. For the last 3 Tuesdays we have been given John’s vision of the world with man’s suffering and the destruction of what he has created. There have been hints of the potential of redemption and salvation through a cleansing process. This week we get it all.

In 8 short statements, we get what we have yearned for – a loving God promising something new and wonderful to replace what has been lost. John the visionary describes the coming of a new heaven and a new earth. All is gone and replaced. Even the source (sea) of potential further destruction is gone. God presents the HOLY city, the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven (from GOD) as a pure bride beautiful to the eyes of her husband.

God delivers not only the New Jerusalem but himself as well. He is the new city and will dwell with his people. His people will no longer cry, feel pain and die. All these old world realities are no more. “Behold I make all things new” – “write this, for all these words are trustworthy and true” even the English poetry is beautiful.

Man’s want will be supplied and without payment. It is free. But is it really?? It is available to he who conquers. He then will receive this heritage and be the Son of God. Clearly Jesus conquered sin and death and inherited God’s promise. It is also available to every man.

HOWEVER, the vision ends with the solemn reminder that for those who do not pay the price of faith, --“their lot shall be the lake that burns with fire and sulphur, which is the second death”. Isn’t it comforting to know that Jesus has paid the price for our soul and makes the New Jerusalem available to us all? This stuff just gets better and better.

John Dickie

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