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The New Jerusalem
Human history began in paradise…the Garden of Eden. And it will all end in paradise…the New Jerusalem.
v. 5 this sums up the last 2 ch’s of Revelation…all things will be new.
v. 6 “it is done”
What began in Genesis is brought to completion in Revelation.
1:1 - heavens & earth created 21:1 - New heavens & earth
1:16 - Sun created 21:23 - No need for the sun
1:5 - Night established 22:5 - No night there
1:10 - The seas created 21:1 - No more seas [exiled on Patmos!]
3:14-17 - The curse announced 22:3 - No more curse
[satan, serpent, soil]
3:19 - Death enters history 21:4 - No more death
3:24 - Man driven from paradise 22:14 - Man restored to paradise
3:17 - Sorrow & pain began 21:4 - No more tears or pain
Don’t you look forward to going to heaven? “What a day that will be…”
10 Facts about The New Jerusalem: [1st 5 tonite…]
1. Heaven is a Real Place
liberals deny existence…say it’s a state of mind/wishful thinking…but Jesus said “I go to prepare a PLACE for you…there you shall be also” [Jn. 14]
It’s literal, tangible, described in detail. The emphasis is on what John SAW…w/ literal eyes.
v. 1 “saw”
v. 2 “saw”
Heaven is as real as Decatur is…but may smell different!
And we’ll have real bodies…glorified bodies! Jesus rose from the dead in His glorified body. He could pass thru walls, but yet he could touch people, sit down and eat…praise God!
It will be a different existence, but as real as it gets!
2. Heaven is a Remaining Place
v. 1 “passed away”
Nothing you see on this physical earth is going to last…nothing will remain. We like to have nice things and we should enjoy them, but don’t get too attached…they are not permanent. In the end, all we have left is our soul! All we will have in eternity is the treasures we send ahead.
“Only 1 life…”
Ill.—[fictitious] 2 women died. One was stingy/miserly. She was a Christian, but very greedy…and when she gave it was grudgingly.
She had a maid working for her…she didn’t have much, but loved to give, and looked for opportunities to do so.
Both women died. An angel escorted the wealthy woman around. He said, let me take you to your new home, and on the way we’ll pass by your maid’s house. Down the golden street they went, and as they approached a great mansion she said wow, and that’s just for my maid?! I can’t wait to see my place!
They moved on to a cardboard shanty. “What is this?”
“Sorry, we did our best w/ the materials you sent us!”
Jesus said we send ahead of us treasures--by how we serve, how we give now.
Every stain of sin, every evidence of evil will be vanquished as well when the old earth is destroyed! And all that will be left is our souls and our spiritual investments, stored up for us.
One of the most precious experiences we will have in heaven is being approached by someone who says, I got saved because of your witness, your testimony, your missions giving, your prayers, etc.!