A new heaven and a new earth

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1).

What are we to say about this? What can we say? We must surely say that this lies way beyond our line of vision. It is beyond our horizon. When we try to predict what the future may hold for us, we have to say, “We don’t really know.” When we try to speak of the eternal future, we are unable to say very much. We speak words of faith. Our faith looks forward to “the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God” (Revelation 21:2). Do we undertand this? Do we need to understand it? When we look forward with the eyes of faith, we catch a glimpse of what we are saying when we speak of God’s eternal kingom: ‘God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.'” (Revelation 21:3-4). When, Lord, we’re deepy aware of our failure to understand these things, may we receive, from you, the faith which receives what you say to us, “I am making everything new”, the faith which says, “These words are trustworthy and true” (Revelation 21:5).

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