May 23

 Revelation 21:10, 22-27

“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 is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.” vss. 22-23

John’s vision of the new Jerusalem would have been hard for faithful Jews to comprehend. The temple had been the center of their life together for centuries and it had been destroyed by the Romans. Many hoped for its restoration. But not John! As he peered into the mysteries of the future he was confident that a new creation was coming and all things would come together in the Lord God and the Lamb. The Light that shone so brightly in the beginning of creation would be there at the end. His vision is potent and even if his metaphors seem strange we know that he spoke the truth. Ultimately pure Light will triumph…and darkness will be no more. Of course we don’t know when that will be…endings are always shrouded in mystery. But as we continue in Christ we can know that we’ll not be left behind. Buildings and denominations will come and go…creeds will be debated and then forgotten…new images and concepts will emerge. And day by day, century by century, millenia by millenia, the Light will grow increasingly bright…and we’re not going to miss a thing! The glory of God will be ours!

Thought for the Day: Why do some think that the End is near?

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