(Today’s post by Chris Queen)
Our Perfect Eternity – Revelation 21:22-22:5
Imagine your perfect place – the location of your dreams. Maybe it’s a secluded island with pristine white beaches and crystal blue waters. Perhaps it’s an unspoiled patch of land in the mountains with a quiet cabin alongside a clear running stream. Or maybe it’s Disney World open just for your family.
Whatever your idea of perfection, it doesn’t hold a candle to what awaits believers in Jesus for eternity. We often like to play those “what do you think Heaven will be like” guessing games – and I think that its majesty will be such a surprise as to be beyond words for any of us. But the Bible gives us a sneak peek at what awaits.
At the end of the book of Revelation, after chapters and chapters of horrific, worst-case-scenario events and dramatic battles that pit the most evil of evil against the forces of the Almighty God, we finally get a glimpse of the city that awaits us all as our forever home. SPOILER ALERT: it’s breathtaking!
21:22 I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light. 24 The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the world will enter the city in all their glory. 25 Its gates will never be closed at the end of day because there is no night there. 26 And all the nations will bring their glory and honor into the city. 27 Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
22:1 Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations. 3 No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him.
Man oh man – doesn’t that sound amazing? This isn’t some crazy utopian pipe dream or mad man’s ramblings. It’s our home forever – our perfect eternity.
I don’t know about you, but today’s reading makes me excited. I can’t wait to experience what lies ahead for me as a believer. I hope these verses do the same for you today.