Revelation 21:15–21 (ESV)
The New Jerusalem
15 And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. 16 The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width. And he measured the city with
his rod, 12,000 stadia. Its length and width and height are equal. 17 He also measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an angel’s measurement. 18 The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19
The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz,
the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
There was an old joke that really hits the spot for today’s reading. There was a rich man that went to a Catholic Priest (had to be someone) and told him he had acquired a lot of wealth in his life and wanted to take it with him to heaven.
The Priest told the rich man that you can’t take anything with you to heaven. The man said please take my request to the Lord, for I have a lot of wealth that God could use. The next week, the man came to the Priest and the Priest told him
that he talked to the Lord and got an unusual answer. The Lord told him that he would be allowed one carry-on. Well, the day came when the rich man died and went to heaven and St. Peter stopped him at the Pearly Gates. He said you can’t
bring anything with you! The rich man said to check with God. St. Peter called God and verified the one carry-on. St. Peter said ok, but I’m customs and have to check the baggage. St. Peter unzipped the suitcase and it was filled
with shiny gold bars, neatly stacked and packed to the maximum capacity. St. Peter scratched his head and looked at the man and said: “You brought pavement??”
You know, our most precious
commodities like gold is nothing but asphalt or concrete to God. He is the Creator of all things. Here is a city that is breath taking with streets of gold. The city is 1,200 miles long, 1,200 mile wide, and 1,200 miles high (shape of a cube).
This is one huge city, bigger than any city on earth. John writes: “19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth
onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of
the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” Think about this, Jesus told his disciples:
I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life
14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and
prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”
Well, God has prepared a place for you!
A place unlike anywhere else. He really does love you! I pray: Lord, this place that you have made for me sounds heavenly! To make it even better, I will be living in your presence! Help me to never take my eyes off you and
to never take my faith for granted. I know you love me, help me to love you back. Help me to do things your way instead of me doing it my way. Forgive me when I play God and teach me to let you be my God. Amen!