Scripture: Revelation 21:1-8
Key verses: (1-2) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Reflection: What will heaven be like? What do you imagine eternal life with God will be like? I grew up with visions of white fluffy clouds and cherubic figures playing musical instruments. I hear euphemisms about the “golf course in the sky” or “the happy hunting ground” or “six feet under.” I have a wonderful children’s book that describes eternal life like a big gathering of diverse people, playing games and eating together. The book is called Jubilee.
John of Patmos describes a new heaven and a new earth that replaces the old, and a city coming down out of heaven from God. It’s a remarkable affirmation that God doesn’t call us “up” and away from the reality of bodily life. Instead God brings the new city down to us. Sounds like something our God would do, a God who chose to be born as a baby and live in our midst! As we wait and watch for what God is doing, let’s keep our eyes open for glimpses of the eternal. God is at work making all things new.
Prayer: Creator God, you are at work making a new heaven and a new earth. You are making me a new creation by your transforming powerful grace. Enable me to see your eternal kingdom in this time and place. 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].