Revelation 21

Each of the seven perspectives of Christ's return we've read through in Revelation have given progressively more and more details. We've seen that especially in the last couple of chapters as the viciousness of the coming wrath and judgment was articulated in ways that has been so difficult to understand.

We now are up to this final description of the new heaven & earth, and it is nothing short of amazing, but at the same time it is almost impossible to comprehend and picture. We read of a massive cube 1,400 miles deep, wide and tall. The walls of this city are said to be 200 feet thick and made of jasper (a silica based jewel) with everything else made of pure gold. We also read that this massive cube has twelve foundations.

But none of this seems very practical. But John is not trying to tell us the specific details of this New Jerusalem, rather he just wants to convey that this city is so mind blowingly awesome that it's indescribable.

The other really cool feature about this city is that it has no temple, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are it's temple. We read David's words in Psalm 27 a couple of weeks ago:

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

When we take up residence in this new city, everyday will be Sunday. Everyday we will be in the direct presence of the Father and Son and Spirit, as the angel announced:

“Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Prayer for the day: Dear Father in heaven, thank you for this vision of what I have to look forward to. Help me to long for the day when I am in your direct presence at all times. Thank you for the times I have now, especially on Sunday's, to be able to get a small glimpse and reminder of what being in your presence is like. In the Lamb's name I pray, Amen.

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