Summary: The glory of God is so great that no created source of light is necessary. Neither sun nor moon are needed, for there will never be a night. There can be no darkness in the presence of God.
Try to picture in your mind a cake of ice one and a half mile square. Just imagine a total square
mile of ice, and half of the next mile, and then imagine that enormous block rising into the sky, not
just to the height of an ice cube, not even to the height of the Empire State Building, but rather, to
the height of 93 million miles. In other words, from the earth to the sun. Scientists have calculated
that this gigantic cake of ice could be completely melted in just 30 seconds, if the full power of the
sun could be focused on it.
This is power so staggering that almost anything you can say about the sun is an understatement.
It's like the guy who watched the first atomic bomb test, and said after the explosion, that stuff is
dynamite. The sun is so powerful we do not have terms to describe it's energy. At it's core, where
the temperature is 13 million degrees centigrade, 4 million tons of hydrogen explode every second.
Man has not, since the dawn of civilization, used that much energy. The sun does this every second
of every day, and has done so since God created it.
Believe it or not, the children of God will go on shining and radiating with even greater energy
than the sun, even after the sun has passed away. John says in verse 23, that this great light will not
be needed in the new Jerusalem-the heavenly city. The glory of God is so great that no created
source of light is necessary. Neither sun nor moon are needed, for there will never be a night. There
can be no darkness in the presence of God.
Here we see an example of how the final paradise is not a replica of the first paradise. We are not
just getting back to Adam and Eve in Christ. Salvation is much more than mere restoration. The
first paradise was far from perfect, for it had in it the potential for the fall. In Christ we go forward
to perfection, and to the fulfillment of God's ideal plan. The first paradise did need the sun and
moon, for God had not revealed His full glory, as He will in the final paradise. The poet has said,
No need for the sun in that glory-filled land,
The sun would itself there be dim!
That land where the shadows or twilight ne'r come,
Where the light and the glory are "Him."
This was the glory the prophet Isaiah promised to Israel in Isa. 60:19, "The sun shall be no more
your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night, But the Lord will be
your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory." There will be no dark ages in the New
Jerusalem, as there was in the old Jerusalem. Many of God's people have had to endure seasons of
darkness, but never again in that city, for as verse 25 says, there shall be no night there.
He who is the Light of this world, and the Creator of all light, will be the lamp of the city. He is
the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world, and thus, He becomes the Lamp of God that
takes away the darkness forever. There can be no night in His presence.
There is no night of things unknown, uncertain,
Things which now try the heart to make it strong.
There is no night-there is no veiling curtain,
Just light, and bliss, and joy, and endless song.
Take away the sun from our solar system, and we are plunged into endless night. So will it be,
for those who are not in the holy city. Hell is always pictured as a place of darkness, in contrast to
heaven where there is only light. There are only two destinies-light and night. The persecuted
Christians, who first read this book, and who lived in the darkness of Catacombs of Rome, would be
so encouraged to know that their future would be one of never ending light and glory.
John lists all kinds of things that will not be heaven, for there is no way to describe the positives,
except by the absence of their opposites. What will not be there is enough to boggle the mind, and
give us endless motivation to speculate on what it must be like to be where no evil can ever be.
Not all that is absent from heaven is evil. There is nothing evil about the sun or the moon, and
even night is a blessing in this world where we need sleep. It is not just the bad that is gone, but
even the good, when it is not the best. Many good things will be absent just because the good is not