Happy day before Thanksgiving. Today's reading gives us plenty to be thankful for. It gives us a stunning description of the new city of God. The vision is symbolic and shows us that our new home with God will defy description. I do not know about you, but I am extremely thankful for this. Today's reading tells us heaven's wonders are beyond our comprehension.
To me, today's reading can be summarized as follows. Heaven is a real place!!! It is a place of glory and beauty. It is a place that houses a peace beyond our understanding. It is a place where the "glory of God" will be the only light needed in heaven.
I like the phrase, "glory of God". It has appeared in different places throughout history. God's glory dwelt in the tabernacle and then in the temple. Today, His glory dwells in believers and in His church. For all eternity, the glory of God will be seen in His holy city, a.k.a. heaven.
The final item I wish to discuss from today's reading is the city's description. The description follows the pattern of cities with which John would have been familiar. It had foundations, walls, and gates (of course pearly gates). However, I think these familiarities are also symbolic. The foundations symbolize permanence. The walls and gates symbolize protection. God's new city is permanent and its inhabitants will never have to fear any enemy - after all angels are the sentries at the gates.
What a wonderful place heaven must be. It is very reassuring and worthy of thanksgiving to know that this place awaits all who acknowledge Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. What a loving God!!!
Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,