Summary: This sermon describes the wonderful conditions we will enjoy in our eternal dwelling place.
Life In New Jerusalem
1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.
4They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.
5There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.
We resume our look at the Book of Revelation.
Today we come to the final chapter.
Here we are reintroduced to the tree of life.
It has not been mentioned in the Bible since Genesis chapter 3
where Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden.
Paradise is restored in the eternal New Jerusalem.
All that was lost in the fall is redeemed by the lamb.
The picture of eternal life in these verses
indicates that we will be busy serving God for all eternity.
We will both serve Him and reign with Him.
He will have infinite things for us to do as we reign there forever.
We will be granted an audience with Jesus on a regular basis.
VERSE 1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
John sees this river flowing from the throne of God.
It is the source of eternal life that comes from God.
Even in New Jerusalem, we will drink water and eat food.
The Source is the Father and the Lamb.
In our day of pollutions, it is hard to visualize water this clear.
They claim the mountain water in Colorado is pure,
but it cannot truly be pure.
City water systems still have to treat
the water they pump from underground wells.
Just like everything else in New Jerusalem,
the river water will be clear as crystal.
It reflects the glory of God
as it flows down from the throne of God and the Lamb
in a dazzling, sparkling never ending flow of everlasting life
from God's throne to His people.
VERSE 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Here at the end of the Bible
we are reintroduced to the tree of life.
It has not been mentioned since Genesis 3.
Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden.
They disobeyed God and ate fruit from the tree of life.
As a result, God placed a curse on mankind.
The paradise conditions Adam and Eve lived in was lost.
Paradise is restored in the eternal state.
Since the tree is found on “either side of the river”
perhaps it really is a grove of trees along the river.
The tree bears twelve kinds of fruit every month.
We have been told previously
there is no sun and no moon in New Jerusalem.
Time and date keeping as we know it will exist no more.
However, the words “every month”
suggest there will be some type of cycles in New Jerusalem.
The tree of life bears fruit
just like the one in the Garden of Eden.
God told Adam and Eve they should not eat that fruit,
but here in New Jerusalem this fruit can be eaten.
The leaves of the tree provide “the healing of the nations”.
We were previously told there is no sickness in New Jerusalem.
So why are these leaves eaten?
The word “healing” is translated
from the Greek word “therapeian”.
So the leaves are eaten not to provide healing,
but for therapeutic reasons.
Perhaps they are like the vitamins we take.
The leaves promote general good health.
The word “nations” refers to all the people in New Jerusalem.
They originally came from all areas of the world.
VERSE 3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.
The effects of the curse spoke of in Genesis 3:14-19
will be gone forever.
The curse of death is gone.
The suffering man endures in working is gone.
Here we see "throne of God"
and on his right hand is "the Lamb"
We will be with the Lamb and the Father,