I don’t know about you, but I get excited whenever I read this passage. When we read Genesis 3 and how Adam and Eve fell into sin, this is the point of the whole biblical narrative that we are looking forward to. This is the final resolution to the sin problem of Genesis 3 because this is when the people of God will no longer feel the effects of sin.
We read there is no temple, the place where God dwells, in the New Jerusalem because “the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” God dwells in the New Jerusalem.
There is also no need for the sun or the moon because the “glory of God illuminates the city” just as God’s glory illuminated the night sky in the pillar of fire for the Israelites in the wilderness that we read about in Exodus.
Think about this: “nothing evil will be allowed to enter” into this perfect new city. Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly feeling the consequences of the Fall throughout our lives. The argument with a family member, the disappoint in your job, and the way your body aches when you get out of bed are all effects of the Fall. Our lives are marked by sin, but in the New Jerusalem, there is no evil.
Those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior can look forward to the day when they enter into the New Jerusalem and live in perfect harmony with their Creator with no pain, suffering, or evil present. We can look forward to that day, but until then, we must be diligent in spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth!
Go back and reread verses 22-27. Now think of the people in your life who do not know Jesus, and won’t get to experience life in the New Jerusalem. It’s my prayer that you will be bold to share the Gospel with those people in your life. God has allowed us to join in his mission to make his name known around the world for his glory.
Take some time to pray today for someone in your life who doesn’t know Jesus.
By: Lucas Taylor — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice