Revelation 21:9–14 (ESV)
The New Jerusalem
Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed
me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates
the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed— 13 on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the
twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
One of the seven angels comes back to John and takes him away in the spirit. I wonder if this is like Peter Pan with pixie dust, did John hang on and
fly along, did John fly, or did he just teleport... or what? I think this is pretty cool. I’m looking forward to flying. People are always saying that when people die, the are now an angel. No... No they’re not. They
are humans. God created humans and he created angels. We will not be angels, but humans. But... we will be like angels. I take it to mean that we will be able to fly... with wings or without. I don’t think we will have wings.
The important thing though is not about flying, but what the angel is showing. The angel said “Come, I will show you the Bride, wife of the Lamb.” John gets to see "the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from
God”. We are used to seeing cities rising up from the ground, yet this city is coming down out of heaven. This in it self must be breath taking. Notice the details that are given: “having the glory of God, its radiance
like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.” The city can be interpreted several different ways, 1) it could be a city, 2) it could be heaven itself, or 3) it could be God’s people. I think of it as heaven with God’s
people, but one thing is for sure, God’s presence is there and his radiance is described like that of jasper. It has high walls with three gates on each side of the city. Three on the east side, three on the north side, three on the south
side, and three on the west side. Above the gates were the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. The city sits on twelve foundations, with the name of the twelve apostles on the foundations. But wait, your about to see more... just wait until
tomorrow. I pray: Lord, I look forward to dwelling in you house, to see the room that you have prepared for me, and built by you... not human hands. I look forward to living in your presence and under your care... where there will be no
tears, sorrows, hurts, or sickness. I look forward to dwelling in your house where I will be able to praise you every day, and to give thanks for all that you have done for me. I know what I deserve, and I am forever grateful for your love, grace,
forgiveness, and eternal life. Amen!