By: Ben Lennander [Candlewood Pastor]
And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Revelation 21:2 (ESV)
One of the things I really enjoy is making gifts. I especially like working with my hands and surprising people with an unexpected gift. Every time my wife goes on a trip to visit her parents for a week, I make something to surprise her. I put a lot of love, time, and effort into the preparation and making of the gift. I can’t wait to see the look on her face when the gift is revealed.
Many of you feel the same way when giving a gift at Christmas or birthdays. We love to see how the person will react, and how much they will enjoy the gift. I think we get that excitement from God, who feels the same way towards giving us a gift.
In today’s verse from Revelation, the gift of the New Jerusalem is revealed like a bride being prepared and given to the bridegroom. God is preparing that gift for us, and it is a gift beyond words in beauty and scope, glory, and magnificence. The city is dramatically revealed in language and words that we don’t currently understand. The walls of the city are 1,380 miles in length, width, and height. The walls are made from gold so pure it is clear as glass. Each of the 12 gates are made out of a single pearl. Best of all, God, himself, will light this city by His glory.
Even though God has given us a small glimpse of what this gift is, when it is fully revealed, we will be astounded. He has put so much into making this future home because he loves and cares for us. I think He will also get great joy from seeing the look on our faces as the gift is revealed.