Revelation 21:22–27 (ESV)
The New Jerusalem (Pt 3)
I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 By its light will the nations walk, and the
kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25 and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26 They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who
does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Today’s reading is probably the most fascinating passage to me in the Book of Revelation. I
like this book and there are many interesting things going on, but this section really gets me. First of all, John looks around and does not see a temple in this large city. This city is a 1,200 mile cube and I would expect to see huge temple as
a centerpiece. I laugh at this thought because if there was only one temple, according to earthly standards, it would be the worst attendance record of any church. I say this because we live in a day with air conditioned cars and people say 10
miles is too far to go to church. I think back to the 1800's when people rode horseback or in wagons 10 miles to go to church. I could hear people complaining that in heaven, I have to fly 1,198 miles to go to church, I think I sleep in or go fishing.
We sometimes use the smallest excuse to get out of going to church. But, this will not be the case in heaven, because there is no temple. You’re excused! NOT! The scripture says: 22 “And I saw no temple in the city,
for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.” You see, the temple is not brick and mortar, it’s not a building, it is Jesus Christ, it is also us. The Temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. Let’s
go back to when Jesus was talking about tearing down the temple in John’s Gospel.
John 2:20–22 (ESV)
20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six
years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and
the word that Jesus had spoken.
Also, Paul writes 1 Corinthians 6:19–20 (ESV)
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within
you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
The church is the body of Christ, which consists of the believers. We are the church.
Also, today’s reading talks about there not being a need for a sun or moon. Without the sun or moon, we live in darkness. But not in heaven. Remember that Jesus said in John 8:12:12
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Also remember that in the Old Testament when Moses came down from the mountain, his face glowed because he had been in God’s
presence. There is a lot to this light... it’s not figurative, but real. Heaven will be lit up by the light coming from God. This is mind blowing to me and beyond understanding. I can’t wait to see this!
Scripture continues: 24 By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25 and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26 They will bring into it
the glory and the honor of the nations. 27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
fully understand a city as described and with being lit up by God? We will have to wait until we get to heaven to see and understand this spectacular city. And what will our room be like that God has prepared for us? We can’t even begin
to imagine the city, much less understand what it will be like to live in a world that has no corruption of sin, because there are no sinners there. I can’t imagine this because everything that I know and see is tainted by sin. It is beyond
comprehension, yet John gives us a glance at it. This paradise is only for those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life. I pray: Lord, Heaven sounds so beautiful and peaceful, it is hard to imagine. Help me to stay focused
on you, to walk according to your ways, and beyond all requests, to trust in your saving faith that you have given me. I look forward to living in your kingdom. I look forward to seeing you face to face. Thank you for your precious gifts.