All things new in the New Jerusalem

Revelation 21 3-4

The Verse of the Day for June 1, 2018 is a familiar passage from the last chapter of the Bible which provides a view of a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness:

Revelation 21:2-4

And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

Verse 5 goes on to reveal that God makes all things new:

And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”

I recall reciting this particular passage in remarks that I shared during my father’s funeral, as I concluded by looking ahead and projecting toward the future with hope.  At the time my wife was involved in planning a family reunion for her mother’s family that would take place the next month.  Such an occasion reminded me of the ultimate family reunion, the marriage supper of the Lamb, which is described in Revelation 21:1-4:

The passage from the last chapter in the Bible 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 Saviour 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 dramatic description of “the new heaven and the new earth” brings to mind a personal poetic portrayal of what I envision this heavenly scene will be like, as I long to express my gratitude to God for something that means so much to me:

Thank You for the Music

All deep things are song. It seems somehow the very central

essence of us, song; as if all the rest were

but wrappages and hulls!

Thomas Carlyle

 

 

Music is God’s gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth,

the only art of earth we take to Heaven.  

Walter Savage Landor

 

Day by day melodies overflow and flood my soul

With lyrics to the touch heart as You inspire them.

I compose a reprise to play until the day

I sing my new song in the New Jerusalem

When all the chords of heaven and earth crescendo

In praise before the glory of the Lamb of God.

I shall stand before You and with my eyes I shall see

The jeweled walls of heaven and the streets of gold

And the Holy City descending as a bride,

Adorned in royal splendor to meet her bridegroom.

I shall celebrate Your grace at the wedding feast

And worship freely in Your resplendent presence

As I join in chorus with the host of heaven

To thank You for the music and the gift of song. 

Inspired by Revelation 21:3-5 Esther Mui Song offers “Behold, I Make All Things New” Christian Praise Worship Lyrics:

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