Scripture: Revelation 21:22-27
Key verse: (22) “I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.”
Reflection: “Without vision, the people perish.” So says the prophet Jeremiah. What is God’s vision for the church? That’s a question pastors and Sessions are routinely called to ask. Ultimately, as our reading describes, God’s vision is for a world where there is no need for the church. “I saw no temple in the city,” writes John of Patmos. It’s not because God has anything against organized religion, but rather in God’s tomorrow, the work of the church is complete. God’s kingdom comes in its fullness.
In the meantime, this vision gives marching orders to the church. We are called to point to God’s tomorrow in the midst of the world’s todays. When we feed the hungry, we point to a world where there is no hunger. When we work to eliminate poverty, we point to a world where there’s so much gold they use it as asphalt to pave the streets. When we comfort those who mourn, we point to a world where there is no more crying or pain. This is the world described in Revelation 21.
Prayer: And so we pray with the church throughout the ages, “Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is heaven.” Amen.
Author: Joe Clifford
[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].