The Verse of the Day for June 1, 2016 provides a vivid picture of what is to come, according to the Holman Christian Standard Bible:
And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
This familiar passage from the last chapter of the Bible provides “visions of the day to be.” Here we find a view of a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness. This particular section of Scripture is often recited at memorial services for family, friends, and loved ones. I recall reciting these verses as part of remarks that I shared during my father’s funeral, as I concluded my comments by looking ahead and projecting toward the future with hope, as past, present, and future will culminate in a glorious occasion: the marriage supper of the Lamb, which is vividly described in Revelation 21:1-4.
The passage from the last chapter in the Bible also relates to hope, not in the broad, general sense as defined as “an expectation of a future good,” but it alludes to “the Hope,” defined as the return of Jesus Christ, an event that precedes the marriage supper of the Lamb. Indeed, “the Hope” continues to be a theme that energizes believers in the midst of these perilous times that engulf the world, as Titus 2:13 reveals:
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;
I concluded my remarks at my father’s home-going service by reciting I Thessalonians 5:13-18, another familiar passage related to the Hope:
13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
The Verse of the Day and related scriptures provide comfort and assurance, as expressed in this vocal reminder: “There will be a Day” by Jeremy Camp.