August 8 – His story: Man’s rescue – The story ends…or does it?

Read Revelation 21:1-22:21

HIS story of man’s rescue ends with eternity.

How do you envision eternity?  If you are a follower of Jesus, you will spend forever with God.  But what will that be like?  Do you ever fear that it might become boring?  I mean, if people are singing and playing harps 24/7 and if you aren’t particularly musical, it could get old pretty fast.

Fortunately, that stereotype of our future is not one that the Bible supports.  Hopefully, you were encouraged to read that eternity will include some very familiar but much improved elements.

  • There will be a heaven and earth (21:1). If your vision was one of halos, wings, and cloud walking, guess again.  You will dwell on a new earth surrounded by a new heaven.
  • There will be a city with walls, gates, and streets (21:9-21).  Whether you prefer green acres or city life, all of us have to “go to town” once in a while.  This city will be a spectacle of beauty.
  • There will be springs, rivers, and trees (21:6; 22:1, 2).  Eternity is not a cement jungle.  The beauty extends to nature itself.
  • We will eat and drink (21:6; 22:2).  Although I have known a few people in life who see food as a necessary evil, most of us enjoy eating.  Thankfully, food and drink will be part of our “forever experience” as well.
  • We will continue to serve God (22:3).  Eternity is more than music.  There will be endless opportunity for us to serve God.  Some even understand verses like 21:24-26 to indicate that we will continue to uncover the wonders of God and worship Him for them.

But eternity is more than a ramped up version of your present experience!  It will be much different in that the curse of tears, mourning, crying, and pain will be lifted and that God will be with us!  It is something for which we should yearn.  It is the culmination of the story that God has been writing since the beginning of time.  No wonder the apostle John cried out, “Amen!  Come, Lord Jesus!”  (Rev. 22:20b)

Steve Kern

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