Promise of a new beginning!
Scripture reading for December 31st: Revelation 20-22
John saw a Holy City, the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. This city was prepared like a bride for her Husband. (Revelation 21:2) A voice from heaven announced that the dwelling place of God was among men and He would live with them. There will be no more tears, crying or pain. God’s word is sure!
There will be some who won’t enjoy these new eternal accommodations. These are the cowardly and unbelieving, those who put off deciding to follow the Lord. Those who are murderers and are sexually immoral will not be invited in. Those practicing the occult and living lies will also be sent to the lake of burning sulfur. This lake is the second death spoken of at the Great White Throne judgment. (Revelation 20:14-15)
However, the New Jerusalem contains the most precious and beautiful treasures for the redeemed. There is the River of Life that flows from the throne of God. It’s waters are crystal clear and flowing abundantly. The banks of the river are lined with the Tree of Life, bearing fruit each month of the year. It’s leaves bring healing to the nations. The best treasure of all is that those who dwell in this city will have God and the Lamb dwelling in their midst and they will see His face! What blessed peace and joy will be ours when we see Him and behold Him in all His glory!
“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes that they may have the right to the Tree of Life and may go through the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:12-14)
Three times in this final chapter the Lord speaks of His soon return, and the final “blessed” concerns those who have their wedding clothes ready for His coming! The Spirit and Bride conclude with an invitation to all to come and join the Bridal party! May you and I be ready when He comes! Oh how my heart yearns for that day!