Saturday, February 27, 2016

Revelation 21:22-23 -- On the Literal Light of Christ

"And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof."
Revelation 21:22-23

This chapter is talking about the renewal of the earth and the future time when there will no more death, sorrow, or pain.  There are several surprising things in the chapter.  I picked these ones because I love the ideas behind them.

The idea of a city without a temple is a sad one now, perhaps, but this one doesn't need one because God lives there, and people see him every day.  Temples bless our lives so much, but being able to see God in person every day... that pretty much surpasses everything. :)

And then, something that is probably even more surprising for us, though definitely not more cool, we won't need the sun or the moon anymore, because God provides all that we could need.  From a scientific standpoint we say wait, what?  The Sun is essential to life on Earth for a lot of reasons... so imagine that. God provides everything that the sun provides... everything that is essential to our lives.  It's a big concept, but I think it is only hard to get our heads around because we're so used to the Sun being there.  We know that God provided that as well, but we don't really think about it every day.  We also know that God is essential to our lives in so many other ways, but we don't usually think about physical light and heat.  We usually take all the light scriptures as more symbolic. :)

Today, let's remember all that God does for us, and what he will do.  Let's remember that he is the author and the creator of all that we know, and let's try to trust him more and give him more credit.  Let's not relegate him to some symbolic corner of our minds, but rather rely on his help in the real universe... knowing that he will help us even *after* the sun goes out. :)

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