Revelation – Jesus IS Coming Back!
John 1:14 The Message (MSG)
“The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish.”
God sent a part of the Three-In-One, His Son, Jesus Christ to earth as a way for people to come back to Him. Jesus came to us as baby to a virgin named Mary. He grew in wisdom. He wiped tears from the faces of the brokenhearted, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind and made the lame walk. He came to the aid of those abused. His visit lasted only 33 years. He who was without sin became the Lamb of God who was sacrificed for our sin.
Jesus, who was God, “moved into the neighborhood” of mankind on God’s created earth. His purpose was to seek and save the lost without God and be the Savior (redeem us) and Lord (righteous guidance) of all who received and followed Him. Those who follow Him become brothers and sisters as children of God.
It is revealed to John that this will happen again! Only this time God moves us into HIS neighborhood to be with Him forever! “God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God.” THIS time we will go to Him! His neighborhood is without pain, suffering, tears from crying, all evil, no death and the mourning of death.
Revelation 21, The Message
I saw Heaven and earth new-created. Gone the first Heaven, gone the first earth, gone the sea.
2 I saw Holy Jerusalem, new-created, descending resplendent out of Heaven, as ready for God as a bride for her husband.
3-5 I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone.” The Enthroned continued, “Look! I’m making everything new. Write it all down—each word dependable and accurate.”
6-8 Then he said, “It’s happened. I’m A to Z. I’m the Beginning, I’m the Conclusion. From Water-of-Life Well I give freely to the thirsty. Conquerors inherit all this. I’ll be God to them, they’ll be sons and daughters to me. But for the rest—the feckless and faithless, degenerates and murderers, sex peddlers and sorcerers, idolaters and all liars—for them it’s Lake Fire and Brimstone. Second death!”
Think about it…imagine it!
“He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good, tears gone, crying gone, pain gone–all the first order of things gone.”
“Look! I’m making everything new.”
If this isn’t enough to get us to find and follow Christ, then what is? But wait, there’s more! Read about WHERE we will live….the neighborhood is amazing…just like God!
The City of Light
9-12 One of the Seven Angels who had carried the bowls filled with the seven final disasters spoke to me: “Come here. I’ll show you the Bride, the Wife of the Lamb.” He took me away in the Spirit to an enormous, high mountain and showed me Holy Jerusalem descending out of Heaven from God, resplendent in the bright glory of God.
12-14 The City shimmered like a precious gem, light-filled, pulsing light. She had a wall majestic and high with twelve gates. At each gate stood an Angel, and on the gates were inscribed the names of the Twelve Tribes of the sons of Israel: three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, three gates on the west. The wall was set on twelve foundations, the names of the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb inscribed on them.
15-21 The Angel speaking with me had a gold measuring stick to measure the City, its gates, and its wall. The City was laid out in a perfect square. He measured the City with the measuring stick: twelve thousand stadia, its length, width, and height all equal. Using the standard measure, the Angel measured the thickness of its wall: 144 cubits. The wall was jasper, the color of Glory, and the City was pure gold, translucent as glass. The foundations of the City walls were garnished with every precious gem imaginable: the first foundation jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate a single pearl.
21-27 The main street of the City was pure gold, translucent as glass. But there was no sign of a Temple, for the Lord God—the Sovereign-Strong—and the Lamb are the Temple. The City doesn’t need sun or moon for light. God’s Glory is its light, the Lamb its lamp! The nations will walk in its light and earth’s kings bring in their splendor. Its gates will never be shut by day, and there won’t be any night. They’ll bring the glory and honor of the nations into the City. Nothing dirty or defiled will get into the City, and no one who defiles or deceives. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will get in.
**Our Lord, God and the Lamb, Jesus Christ is the Temple. There is no need of anything or anyone else. Evil cannot get in. We are safe forever in God’s witness protection paradise forever.
Be sure, be very sure your name is The Book.
Dear Heavenly Father,
What a day that will be, like the song ringing in my thoughts this morning. There are not many words to be added to this prose other than, Thank you. Thank you for saving my soul. Thank you for saving our souls. It is You we adore and worship. It’s all about You and only You. May our eyes stay tenaciously focused on the goal to move into your neighborhood some glorious day!
In Jesus Name, Amen