Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth because the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. And the sea no longer existed. And I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And from the throne, I heard a loud voice that said, “Look! God’s dwelling is with people. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them, and he will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain, because the former things have passed away.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for giving us a picture of what will come. We have so many questions. What will everything look like after judgment day? How will this happen? Really none of that matters; what you give us in your word is what matters because that is where we will be. When construction on a road is happening, while that may be annoying with the shifting of narrow lanes, the final highway’s outcome matters. And after we drive on the new road for a while, too often, we don’t remember the construction. So too, it will be with the new heaven and new earth. When we see the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, this earth will seem pale in comparison because there you will dwell with us. We will see you as Adam and Eve did in the Garden. There will no longer be sin separating us from you. Jesus defeated sin and death on the cross, and they will be only a memory of the past; there will be no more death, pain, or sorrow. The new earth will be a place with only joy and peace because sin will be entirely removed, totally defeated. Please help us to keep our focus on this new heaven and earth. Remembering this life, heaven, and earth is only temporary, but what will come, those are permanent. Amen.
Vicar Roger Emmons
Seeing the engineer’s picture of what will be; should get you excited to want to share that place with everyone you meet and encourage them to go there as well.