Advent: December 22

Revelation 21:22-27

I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendour into it.

On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honour of the nations will be brought into it.

Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

I do not know what I will look like in heaven. Will I be recognised by physical or facial features, or is this just human musing? Will I not need sleep in this eternal daytime? Will I be English? I ask, because we have a mention of nations inhabiting this place. What language will we speak – could we all understand one another? Perhaps different languages is a product of man’s pride.

We can also ask questions about relationships and family. Do you recall that trick the Sadducees tried to play on Jesus, regarding the hypothetical woman who consecutively married seven brothers who all died, leaving her a super-widow? Who would be her husband in heaven? If you don’t recall it, then what do you think?

This is a place that does not need celestial bodies to provide light, as the light of God will be sufficient. As this light is constant, there’ll be constant daytime here. There’ll be no impurity of mind or action. No men’s jokes, no venomous chatter, no dissimulation, as people like that just won’t be there. Does that encourage or scare you?

If you enjoy gossip or impure conversation, what do you need to do?

How do you deal with those who do this sort of thing?

Father God, you are my light and my salvation. Whom, then, shall I fear? As the psalmist desired to live his earthly life in your temple that he may seek you and gaze upon your beauty, so I desire to be in your presence into eternity. I pray that you will purify and cleanse me through Jesus’ life in me. Amen.

There’ll always be a Jerusalem