#DailyDevotion Jesus Will Be Our God & We His People|
Rev 21:1-3 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. (2) And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (3) And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
The Book of Revelation doesn’t tell us anything new that it hasn’t revealed to us elsewhere in Scripture. It is written: Isa 65:17-20 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. (18) But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness. (19) I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress. (20) No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the young man shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed.” Peter writes, 2Pe 3:13 “But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” The first world was destroyed by water. This present cosmos will be destroyed by fire. It will roll up like a scroll and ‘poof!’ But the Lord shall create a new heavens and new earth for us to dwell in. It will be a very material world which is no more infected by sin or the curse of Adam.
The Holy City, New Jerusalem is the Holy Church of Christ. It is his Bride. It is you, all of you who believe in Jesus. All of the wedding banquet parables of Jesus are fulfilled in this moment: the wise and foolish virgins, the secondary invited guests, and the like. Paul reminds us, Eph 5:31-32 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” (32) This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” The Church, you, are one spirit with Jesus. You are his body and he is the head. Everything he has is yours and everything you have is his. As Jesus reigns, we reign.
Now this next part is most important for Christians. It is so extremely important. The dwelling place of God is with man. Please, please, please trash your tabloid, Hallmark idea of heaven. We are not meant to be bodiless spirits or angels in some ethereal existence up there somewhere for eternity with God. No! God is raising us from the dead. He is reuniting our spirits, souls, and persons with a new resurrected body. Just like the heavens and the earth are resurrected and renewed so too we are resurrected and renewed. We will have a physical existence with God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. With our own eyes, in our own flesh, our and not another’s we shall see God and Christ and be like them.
Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. Just as he walked among us before and after the resurrected, ate and drank with his disciples, he will do so with us again in his kingdom, on this very physical earth in a very physical body. He will be our God and we will be his people, Psa 95:7 “For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.” Psa 100:3 “Know that the LORD (Jesus), he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” Yes, on the Last Day, we shall this with our eyes and dwell with the Lord forever and he with us.
Heavenly Father, in your divine wisdom you purposed to recreated the world even as you will resurrect us from the dead on the day of Christ’s revelation. May this promise give us the perseverance of our faith that we may be resurrected into it with the righteousness of Christ and dwell you, the Son and the Holy Spirit forever. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.