“And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
I’m an over-packer. Whenever I have a trip coming up, as I pull things aside for the trip, I tend to consider every eventuality.
- What if it rains? (in go the poncho and waterproof boots)
- What if there’s a pool? (in go the goggles and swimsuit)
- What if I get the chance to cook? (in go my favorite knife and spices)
- What if we go out to a fancy restaurant? (in go some dress clothes)
- What if there’s an impromptu soccer game? (in go the cleats and shin guards)
I wish I were kidding, but most of the time, when I get to my location many of my items never make it out of the bag. I simply don’t need them.
As the apostle John took his pre-trip viewing of the New Jerusalem, he noticed right off some surprising items that were missing – no temple, no sun, and no moon. Although these elements were central to life as he currently knew it, they didn’t need to make the trip – the presence and glory of the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb would take their place. The brilliance and purity of God and Christ would not only dispel any hint of darkness but would provide peace and direction and safety, and keep out any sin, danger, corruption, and evil.
As we prepare for our future home, there will be no need to pack based on lack. Everything we need will be waiting for us!
- Based on today’s passage, what are some other things we can expect not to see when we go to our eternal home?
- How does this bring you peace or joy based on your own circumstances?
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?