The promise of a new heaven and a new earth
v.5 He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’
The contrast between this chapter and the last could not be greater. Here is the vision given to John of the New Jerusalem – an attempt to put into words some of the characteristics of eternal life spent in the presence of Jesus. ‘God himself will be with them and be their God…there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.’ Everything will be new – we will experience a new spiritual dimension, like nothing we will have experienced before.
The heavenly city is described as being made of exquisite precious stones laid out in perfect symmetry, conveying an existence of such harmony, richness, beauty, wholeness and contentment that is completely beyond our grasp today.
This picture of the idyllic New Jerusalem is intended to assure us that eternal life with God is something wonderful that we can look forward to. What is more, a key Christian belief is that we can have a taste of this new life here and now. When we commit our lives to Christ we experience transformation in many ways. We begin to look at life, at others, and at ourselves through a Jesus-shaped lens. Even when we are mourning or in pain we can know for sure that God himself is with us and that he makes ‘everything new’.
Lord, you are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end of all things. So help me to trust you more and more, to be willing to be guided by you, knowing that you have a plan for my life.