Recently, in church, we read from Revelation Chapters 21 and 22, which tell us about Christ in Glory and the New Heaven and the New Earth. Our church apse depicts in exquisite mosaic design these very scriptures. As I listened, I gained a new appreciation for what it means for me today.
The first thing that made an impression on me was how the scripture spoke of the New City of Jerusalem, (heaven), needing no light. “The city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.” Revelation 22:5
I wondered. If I allow light into the dark areas in my life now, can’t God’s glory be more present in me and bring some heaven down on earth??” The following sentence goes on to say, “People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations,” so how else can people bring glory unless they allow more of God into themselves?
I’ve realized that the Tree of Life is Jesus and the Cross, but somehow hearing the reading yesterday about the leaves of the tree being “for the healing of the nations” seemed so full of hope in a new way! Hope for each of us individually, and in this time of division, hope for all the nations.
The goodness and love of God and His provision for us deserve our praise and gratitude. We are all unclean; we are all full of falsehood; and although the Bible states, “Nothing unclean will enter it, not anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” He has provided healing leaves in the Tree of Life; He has provided the River of the Water of Life to cleanse us, and “take as a gift”. If we do these things, our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
He makes all things new! We can live and bring His glory into our lives today through His provision of light, healing, and cleansing power. What a gift!