Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:5-27
“Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full or the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, ‘Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.’ And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.” (Revelation 21:9,10)
The vision of the Holy City is meant to overwhelm us. The imagery is spectacular — gates of pearl, streets of gold, precious stones, etc. Remember that we are dealing with symbolism. These descriptions are not to be taken in a literal sense.
Let’s look at some of the major features of the city. The Holy City is illuminated by the glory of God — “having the glory of God , its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal” (v. 11). The city had great and high walls — “It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates” (v. 12). Walls are symbols of protection and security. The twelve gates of the city have the names of the twelve tribes of Israel inscribed upon them, representing the Old Testament people of God. The walls of the city have twelve foundation stones with the names of the twelve apostles on them (v. 14), representing the New Testament people of God. The walls along with the gates symbolize the unity of the people of God throughout the ages.
The city is the shape of a cube — 12,000 stadia in length, 12,000 stadia in width and 12,000 stadia in height. The streets of the city are pure gold, transparent as glass (v. 21). Our streets are made out of concrete, asphalt, gravel and dirt. Gold is one of the most valued treasures in the world. But in the age to come, life is so abundant and the splendor of God is so magnificent that gold is used to pave the paths under our feet.
There is no temple in the Holy City — “for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb” (v. 22). The city is illuminated by the glory of God — “And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives its light, and the lamp is the Lamb” (v. 23).
There are three other important features of the city that we will look at in the next devotional — the river of the water of life, the tree of life, and the throne of God and of the Lamb. The key thing to remember is what the city represents — The Bride of Christ, the Church. We, the people of God, are precious to God and are loved by Him. Jesus, the Bridegroom prepared His Bride to be with Him throughout all eternity where we will dwell in His glorious presence, experience His protection and provision, and enjoy the benefits of the new heaven and new earth.
Lord Jesus, I am so grateful that You have qualified me to be a part of Your Church. I look forward to spending eternity with You in the new heaven and new earth. Thank You that You are the Bridegroom of Your Church and that You love us with an eternal love. You will nourish and cherish us and provide all that we need. I love You, Lord Jesus, and appreciate all that You have done for me.
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