Today’s reading: Revelation 12-22; Psalm 148-149
“And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. . .” (Revelation 21:2)
As the curtain begins to fall today on our 100-day journey through the Bible, John gives us another image of what the end will look like. Here again, the picture he paints is of God coming to us. As Eugene Peterson puts it, “God has moved into the neighborhood!” (Revelation 21:3, The Message). It is the ultimate expression of love and commitment. . . that the God whose thoughts are above our thoughts, whose ways are above our ways, would choose to live among us forever.
The good news in John’s description is that what we had thought would be the end is actually just the beginning. Everything is made new, and in this newness there is wholeness. All the pain that we have endured in this life will be gone and death can no longer have its way with us. Not only that–everyone is invited!
“. . .And let everyone who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.” (Revelation 22:17)