He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, [for] the old order has passed away. Revelation 21:4 NABRE
The Book of Revelation is a vision of John, an Apostle of Jesus. In this vision John is sharing that he sees a new Paradise. It is the bookend to the opening story of God creating Paradise for humanity with humanity being asked to leave because of unfaithfulness and unrighteousness. John is closing out the story now that Jesus has come and offered Himself as a way toward faithfulness and righteousness. In this closing story John envisions a new heaven coming out of the sky and renewing the earth. He refers to it as a new heaven and a new earth. He envisions a New Jerusalem, a new Holy City where God is dwelling. As in the Garden of Eden God will dwell with humanity, all will be able to see God and all will be able to speak to God. Today seeing and speaking to God requires faith and prayer. God will wipe away every tear because there will be no more death, there will be no more mourning, there will be no more pain and there will be no more crying. God reverses the consequences of sin and the fall (the disobedience of humanity begun in the Garden of Eden by Adam and Eve) bringing an end to the old order. God will make all things new. It is a beautiful vision, one that Jesus came to make real. It is a vision we can be part of by focusing on Jesus who teaches God’s Kingdom will come, God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
We can end all suffering, pain, mourning and death if we are made new from the teachings of Jesus; if we make forgiveness and mercy our way of life, if we accept and live the will of the Father and if we live for others. Then this new heaven and new earth will be visible to us.
Do you want heaven on earth? Can you live for others?In this closing story John envisions a new heaven coming out of the sky and renewing the earth. He refers to it as a new heaven and a new earth. Click To Tweet
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