Continuing our study of Revelation 21.
Revelation 21:6 He said to me”It is done” I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.’
This gracious verse describes the eternal nature of God who transcends time and who has always been and who will always be.
Clever men build ever larger telescopes to peer into the beginning of time but God dwells there and smiles back.
His eternal purposes have been fulfilled and His righteous family will live with Him in His beloved Jerusalem, and also populate the earth and beyond.
God’s compassion is such that none shall perish and even here, His glorious gift of grace reaches out to those mortals who have still not bowed the knee before His holy throne.
The world offers expensive solutions that can bring no help but the transforming waters of salvation are offered freely to those who are genuinely thirsty.
Revelation 21:7 ‘He who overcomes will inherit all this and I will be His God and he will be my son.’
Here is the father nature of God. He waited on the rooftops for his son, who had squandered his inheritance, to return to the family home, and when He saw him in the far distance He ran towards him and embraced him with love.
1 Peter 1:4 ‘...and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you – who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.’
The goods of this world will crumble in our hands, swept away by the latest flood or fire, but the riches of God’s kingdom will stand forever.
- Revelation 21:22 The light of JerusalemJerusalem will be the centre of the world and the nations will tithe their wealth to Jesus. Previously, the kings of the earth have rebelled against Christ Jesus and Jerusalem but now they pay homage.
- Revelation 21:9 ‘From a mountain…’This describes the city as having twelve visible foundations, and this suggests it is a stepped pyramid construction. The city would have twelve levels, decreasing in size, each one built on its own foundation, ascending to form a pyramid with the top level being the apex of the city.
- Revelation 21:6 He who is thirstyThe goods of this world will crumble in our hands, swept away by the latest flood or fire, but the riches of God’s kingdom will stand forever.
- Revelation 21:4 Changes coming…Life holds its fair share of tragedies and these words are a soothing balm to those who have held on and endured. The world will not remain the same and the cruelties of life are not our destiny. The curse that has cast such a deep shadow upon this world, caused by the sin of man, will pass away and the blessing of redemption will shine its goodness upon the righteous in Christ Jesus for all eternity.
- Revelation 21:3 The New JerusalemWe discussed yesterday that God is bringing us all together, like the proud father that He is. Many of us will be centred at the New Jerusalem and many will live away but yet return on frequent pilgrimages to our new home city. For many of us, our present time is one of suffering and tribulation but this time will pass away and we will enter into an eternity of blessing. And it will have been so worth remaining faithful!