Revelation 21:1-10, "New Heaven and New Earth"
Revelation 21:1, “1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.”
- In Revelation 21, verse 1 we see the Apostle John describing a vision what is coming in the near future and it is a “new heaven and new earth.”
- One day, Jesus will return, evil will be destroyed, and “all things become new.” Everything will taste right. Relationships will function right. There won’t be gossip. There won’t be betrayal. There won’t be fractions in our relationships with one another. All things become new. Can you imagine how glorious that day might be?
Revelation 21:2, “2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.”
- In verse 2 the “holy city, new Jerusalem” is a gathering of men, women, and children who belong to Jesus. The new city is a reference to those men, women, and children who are in Christ, being presented to Jesus as a bride.
Revelation 21:3, “3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them”
- In verse 1 all things are made new. In verse 2 the people of God are presented, and in verse 3 the God of Scripture dwells with His people in the new heavens and new earth.
- The word “tabernacle” in the original language means “to set up a tent and abide.”
- In verse 3, the word “tabernacle” and “dwell” and “among” are all similar words in the original language. It is almost like this is so mind boggling that the Apostle John needs to hear this truth in three different ways, “The God of Scripture is among His people, the God of Scripture will dwell among His people, and then again, “the God of Scripture will be among His people.”
Revelation 21:4, “4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
- Can you imagine life without tears? Can you imagine a world where there is no misfortune, poverty, depression, racism, or loved one who have deceased?
- Isaiah 53 in the Old Testament points us to a Savior who carries our sorrows, but Revelation 21 those sorrows are gone. The God of Scripture is face to face with His people. All things become new. Look at verse 5: (SLIDE)
Revelation 21:5, “5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”
- The phrase, “Behold, I am making al things new” is in the present tense. It isn’t “I made all things new, or I will make all things new,” but in verse 5, “Behold, I am making all things new,” right now.
- This might be a little abstract for you, but that means when you are in Christ you aren’t just waiting for the new heavens and new earth to get here one day, but somehow, and I am not sure I fully understand, we can live in the “new heavens and new earth right now.”
- Therefore, we need to ask ourselves, “Am I living with this view on my life right now?” Am I getting a taste of the new heavens and new earth in Jesus, right now?
Revelation 21:6, “6 Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. 7 He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.”
- The phrase, “It is done” is similar to Jesus’ words on the cross, “It is finished.” (John 19) It is at the cross that our sin is accounted for, it is in the resurrection that our sin is conquered, and it is in Revelation 21 our sin comes to an end. It is done!
I do want to clarify verse 7 because in verse 7 it could sound like the ones who will inherit the new heavens and new earth are those who “overcome.” Do you see that in verse 7? But, we need to make sure we see the qualifier in verse 6, “the one who thirsts.”
The “one who thirsts” is a reminder of our need for Jesus, and it is Jesus who overcomes. The emphasis isn’t on us overcoming, but on Jesus who has already overcome, therefore, we must ask ourselves, “Are we thirsty for Jesus?”
I was talking to a paramedic and he said one of the most subtle attacks on a persons health is dehydration. He said as men and women get older they lose their thirst for water, and they don’t even know they are getting dehydrated. He said you can pinch the skin and if there is no elasticity you are dehydrated.
Don’t you know our souls can become spiritually dehydrated? Don’t you know it is possible we have lost our thirst for Jesus and we don’t even know it? Therefore, if we want to bring the power of the new heavens and new earth into our lives we must become thirsty for Jesus. We must become convinced of our need for Jesus.