And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” -Rev 21:3-4 ESV
Jesus is our FIRST LOVE, HE is to be our everything. Once we realize that He is the ALPHA and OMEGA, the beginning and the end and ACT AS IF HE IS- THEN, everything changes- just like heaven! 1 Cor 2:9 entices us; “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” Revelation 21, is about payoff and HOPE! Jesus replaces everything; The Temple, Sun, Moon, the Sea! And He takes away the DROSS; NO MORE tears, pain, death, mourning, crying.
Leader, “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”(C. S. Lewis)
Conduit, it was the TREE of the Knowledge of Good and Evil that was our downfall in the garden. It was the TREE OF LIFE that our Savior hung on so that we might spend eternity in heaven and have access to the TREE OF LIFE in the NEW Jerusalem! And he said to me, “It is done…to the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.” Jesus Rev 21:6. Are you hungry for HOLY- are you Thirsty for RIGHTEOUSNESS? The TIME IS NOW to go back to your FIRST LOVE- He was nailed to the TREE of LIFE with Love!