In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
April 17, 2007 – Our Heavenly Home – Revelation 21:22-22:6
Movies sometimes include scenes of people coming home. Delighted to return, they rush through the front door to enter familiar surroundings. The vision the apostle John described in Revelation includes glimpses inside our future home, New Jerusalem. In this new place, some things from our old home will be missing. But their replacements will be infinitely better.
John told us he didn’t see any church buildings. In Revelation 21:22, he says, “for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” God’s family will no longer be divided by denominations. The apostle also reported there will be neither sun nor moon to shine upon the city. Revelation 21:23 says, “For the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.” We won’t need electricity, flashlights, or candles.
Also, the gates of the city will always be open. Locks will be unnecessary in our Heavenly home. No impurities will enter that future residence. Sin is banished, and only holiness dwells there. Death and decay will be absent. Neither nature nor mankind will ever suffer again. The righteous life in Christ will be a perfect reality, as pain and suffering cease to exist.
At the center of the holy city are the throne of Almighty God and the Lamb, Jesus Christ. Everyone who received the gift of eternal life through Christ’s sacrifice will be present. Next time someone asks where you live, tell them you have two homes. The one you live in now and a future one from your loving Heavenly Father.
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