New Heaven, New Earth

William C. Brownson

READ : Revelation 21:1-4

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had

passed away, and the sea was no more. (v. 1)

Did you notice that? John sees a new earth. Remember those first photographs of earth
from the surface of the moon, this gorgeous blue and white ball in the blackness of space?
Have we realized that this earth, our spaceship, our beautiful home, will play a
tremendously significant role in our future with God? In fact, the “holy city,” the New
Jerusalem, is seen by John as coming down from heaven to earth. That’s different from the
common view that we will go up to heaven and leave earth behind.

Believers sing “This world is not my home. I’m just a passin’ through.” By that we mean
that our real home is with God, in his presence. But what if that life with God were to be
experienced here on Planet Earth? Then the earth would really become our true home, the
place where we forever belong.

In verses 3-4, the deepest, grandest reality of our future life is described and
celebrated. Not streets of gold or gates of pearl, but God himself dwelling with us,
making his home with us. We will be his people, and he will always be near to us. That’s
what “heaven” really means — the gracious presence of our God — and its coming down
to earth, an earth made gloriously new. What about that!

PRAYER

Thank you, Father, that heaven and earth are drawn together in Christ!