In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
April 16, 2007 – Heaven: Heading Home – Revelation 21:9-21
After a tiring day, many of us long to go home and take a rest from our daily activities. The more we imagine the place in our minds, the stronger our desire grows to be there. As Christians, we have a Heavenly home which we have yet to see. The apostle John’s vision, as described in the book of Revelation, gives us some important information to help believers picture their future home.
New Jerusalem is the Heavenly city where we’ll live. John praised its incredible beauty. He compared its attractiveness to a decorated bride on her wedding day. Think of the attention to detail that implies, all done for you and me.
John also said our new home will radiate with God’s glory. He used the imagery of a very precious jewel to convey the brilliance of the Lord’s majesty shining from the city. Imagine the sparkling effect of the sun shining full-strength on a large, flawless diamond.
The Bible also says our new home will be 1,500 miles long, 1,500 miles wide, and 1,500 miles high. That’s large enough to accommodate every believer. A high wall will be set on 12 foundations with 12 gates. Scripture compares the building materials to the most precious stones and metals. Our Savior is preparing a place of great beauty just for us (John 14:2-3).
Fix an image of John’s description in your mind. Then, in life’s disappointing moments, remember you have a “real” home in Heaven. It’s a place where the beauty of God’s glory is visible everywhere.
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