Revelation 21:1-4 (NASB)
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
As Christmas nears, we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ on earth two millennia ago, but we also look for Second Coming of Jesus. Then we will see the new heaven and the new earth. God will wipe away the tears of His people, and they will never again feel pain or sorrow. If we are to be part of eternity with the Lord, we need to prepare our hearts now, to choose Christ above the distractions of the world, and to store up our treasures in heaven rather than on earth.
Lord, we look forward to that great day when Jesus comes again in glory. Prepare our hearts and minds so that we spend eternity with You–Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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