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Revelation 21:9-27 ~ Good News, Bad News, Good News

on August 16, 2014

In the beginning of Revelation 21, we are told of the new heavens and new earth.  God promises He will wipe away every tear and take away all mourning, pain, and death for eternity.  GOOD NEWS!  In the next section of verses from this chapter we see a picture of what it will be like to live in the heavenly city.  Here are a few quick descriptions and key points:

  • Having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.
  • Length, width and height are 1,380 miles.  That’s about the distance from Cleveland, Ohio to Key West, Florida and Cleveland to Laramie, WY and then up into the sky the same distance.  That’s huge!
  • The walls are 216 feet thick.
  • Walls are made out of jasper
  • City made out of pure gold
  • Foundation of the city adorned with every kind of jewel
  • 12 gates made out of a single pearl each
  • Streets of the city are pure gold
  • No temple–for the Lord God the Almighty and Jesus are there
  • No need for sun or moon–for the glory of God gives it light and Jesus is the lamp
  • The gates will always be open
  • There will be no night
  • Nothing unclean will ever enter it.

Reading through the list (or the chapter) what excites your heart the most?  Is it the pure gold streets, the giant pearls, the precious jewels, the size, or the presence of God?  What excites our hearts the most about our eternal home may reveal what it is we are longing for most in the present!  Lord, help me to long for your presence more than any other thing!  Let my amazement over heaven point me to Your beauty and grandeur.  Let me be fully satisfied and contented with You.

Everything above is GOOD NEWS!

However, both sections of verses (1-8 and 9-27) are punctuated with a warning.  Heaven is not for everybody!  In God’s grace and sovereignty, He had John continuously remind the reader that some will not be in His glorious presence where there is peace, love, beauty, joy, and rest forever.

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” (Vs. 8)

But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (vs. 27)

You may not be a sorcerer, but have you ever lied?  Have you ever invested your life in something that was not God, elevating it to a place of a god in your life?  Have you been afraid to trust God with your life?  Have you refused to believe that you need Jesus to save you?  All these things will keep you out of heaven!

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? DO NOT BE DECEIVED! Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. BUT YOU WERE WASHED, YOU WERE SANCTIFIED, YOU WERE JUSTIFIED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND BY THE SPIRIT OF OUR GOD! (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

Jesus has the power to wash away all our sins–even the ones we think are unforgivable.  Trust me–I was 7 out of 10 of the lifestyles mentioned above before Jesus saved me.  There is freedom in Jesus.  He alone has the power to change us and make us right so that we can inherit the kingdom of God. God longs to cover bad news with the GOOD NEWS in our lives.



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