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. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 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, 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.”
And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.”
The new heaven and the new earth will be glorious beyond our imaginings. God will dwell among His people in a magnificent place free of pain and sorrow. Although we may at times wish we didn’t have to deal with death and mourning and hurt on this earth, the new heaven and new earth will be even more beautiful because we have known grief and pain and tears. We always appreciate beauty more when we have seen ugliness, happiness more when we have known sorrow, health more when we have known illness.
Lord God, we long for the glorious day when we will dwell with You in the new Heaven and the new earth, free of pain and sorrow. Maranatha, Lord Jesus! Amen.
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