Hi everyone, Rob here. For many years now I have been touched deeply by how the Bible ends:
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
I heard a loud shout from the throne, satying, ‘Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever (Revelation 21:3-4).
So let your heart go there. What would no more pain mean to you right now? For you, for your loved ones. Imagine a world without cancer, without backpain, without death. Imagine Jesus wiping away every tear from your eye; that’s every tear you’ve ever had. Every heartbreak healed. Every disappointment redeemed. Imagine a world without worry or fear or anxiety. Think of the places that you love, the beauty that exists there, and imagine having that forever, with Jesus. Can you imagine the hugs at the greatest homecoming you’ll ever see? Imagine the stories and the laughter and the clinking of glasses as toast after toast is raised to the heroes of the kingdom. Imagine your heart full of love and only love.
One day you won’t need to imagine that. That reality is coming. The kingdom is coming. But what will you do today with your kingdom heart? You need to know that the Devil is after it. He hates the hope that you have because that is not his future. He wants to drag you down into his hopelessness and we must fight it. Guard your heart. Put on the armour of God. Feed your heart. Fan it into flame. Dream and imagine and let your heart go there.
Die to the survival strategy and your coping mechanisms; the controlling and the avoiding; the anger and the sullen silence; the justifying and the lying. We live in the partial and not the complete. There will be tears and mourning and crying and pain this side of Jesus’ return. Let them come; let the grief come, the tears come. To shut it down is to deny your kingdom heart. But come alive too. The Spirit of God lives in you – Christ in you, the hope of glory. We are ambassadors of hope, signs of the kingdom so be alive to God – open to him, prayerful, seeking his face, listening for his voice, immersed in his Word, holding lightly to the things of this world.
Jesus died for us and we die with him. He rose from the dead and we rise with him. He will return and we will live with him forever. And yes, we will eat and drink with him in the kingdom yet to come (see Luke 22:15-18) and our joy will be complete. We are made for the kingdom. We have a heart for the kingdom. We will reign in the kingdom. We will run into his arms in the kingdom. Check out this link here for more and the video below to feed your heart.
“Amen! Come Lord Jesus.” – Revelation 22:20