And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.”

Revelation 1:3

I love Revelation chapter 21. The description of the new heaven and earth is staggering in beauty and scale and exceeds of what we could conceive.

But as it is the Last Sunday of the Church Year when we look toward Christ’s return, it is fitting to think about the reality of what awaits those who believe in Jesus.

The real beauty, I think, is that this description probably doesn’t do justice to the reality. I think it is the best way a finite people with a limited language and understanding could paint a picture of the beauty of the Divine reality in store.
In parts of the description (not in today’s reading, we hear of things that defy our reality, like gold that is pure like glass.


But as amazing as the description is that exceeds our understanding are parts that described that are both full of wonder and miracles in equal parts; like God wiping away all tears and no more pain; or, the very best news shared here: that in this place where we are headed, God dwells with us and we will be His people and He will be our God!

That is the very best and most amazing part of it all! That is our future! That is our heritage!

To have the almighty dwell us us! Forever!

That boggles the mind and should exceed any and every other aspect of the new creation!

Yes, Lord! Let it be!


  • 1 Corinthians 2:9
  • Revelation 21:1-7
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