Scripture: Revelation 21:22-22:5
Key verse: (22:5)” And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord god will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”
Reflection: Read through the entire passage (it’s not long and won’t take a lot of time) and notice how many things aren’t included in this vision of heaven. Pay attention to the “nos’ and the “nots” and the “nevers.”
There will be no temple. We won’t need a dedicated place set apart for worship because all of life will be worship. We won’t need a holy place for God’s presence because we will know that God is with us always, everywhere.
The gates will never be shut. The heavenly city will be open and accessible for anyone who chooses to enter. Open gates are also a sign of peace and security. There is no need to close the gates if there is no fear of enemies or predators. Nothing unclean will enter the city. Nothing evil or dirty or accursed will enter the city.
And there will be no sun or moon or lamps because God’s glory will shine brightly all the time there. Everyone will see God’s face and God will be their light.
Imagine this vision of God’s kingdom. Now when we pray “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” let’s think about what we need to do now to make our world more like this heavenly vision. A kingdom of peace, security, safety, full of goodness and the certainty of God’s presence.
Prayer: Almighty God, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give me a vision of your kingdom and inspire me to live that vision now. Deepen my trust in you. Through Christ I pray. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].