Saturday, July 25, 2009
God Gives It Light
And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day--and there will be no night there. They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.
Revelation 21:22-27, English Standard Version
God Gives It Light
What a fitting way to end our series of devotionals on the word, "light." Do you remember those fairy tales we read as children that always ended, "And they lived happily ever after."? We knew, of course, that was only true because it was a fairy tale. No one, in this life, ever lives happily ever after. There are too many unseen troubles that lie ahead. However, for the Christian, there is a "happily ever after." When time ceases to be at the return of Christ and the nations and peoples are judged, those who are children of God will be ushered into the kingdom that has been prepared for them.
John gives us a beautiful description of heaven in Revelation 21. It is good for us to go to these verses and reflect upon them. In our day of great wickedness and corruption, it is soothing to know that all of this shall end. Look at the things John tells us about heaven.
*The Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb is the temple.
*The city has no need for sun or moon, for the glory of God gives it light.
*By its light the nations walk, and the kings of earth will bring their glory into it.
*Its gates will never be shut.
*There will be no night there.
*Nothing unclean, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false will enter it.
*Its citizens will be only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.
When I was a child, I thought heaven would be quite boring because we would do nothing but worship God. As an adult I know how silly that thought was. There is no greater glory than time spent worshiping the Lord. But, I do believe we will also be busy on the new earth. We know that there will be nations on the earth, and kings of those nations. God will have created a new earth totally unmarked by sin for our dwelling. And, we will have access to the temple in the new city of Jerusalem, for its gates will never be closed.
Spend some time pondering these things today. Sometimes, while in the middle of our life here on earth, we forget the amazing things yet to come.
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.
God Bless You,