In God’s new world, Jesus will be its lamp

Why do people love darkness more than light?

“And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:22-23)

Yesterday, we read how God’s presence in the temple was symbolized by a burning lamp. This temple was destroyed centuries ago. A new one was built later, but that second temple has also been destroyed. Thus, the symbol of God’s presence was lost…

In the book of Revelation, the apostle John gets an outlook into the future. In a vision he sees the new Jerusalem, a holy city coming down from heaven. This is a vision of the new earth that God will create at the end of time. Whoever believes in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, will live there forever.

John notices that there is no temple in this city. Why not? Because God Himself is present there. His presence will be so great that it will flood the city with abundant light. God will shine so brightly that there is no need for any other light. “And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light” (Revelation 22:5).

Are you looking forward to this new world? Do you long to live in God’s presence forever?

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