Revelation 21:4-6 “Heavenly Christmas”
Dec 23 2019
Knowing that this “Weekly Words” will come out to you on Monday morning the 23rd, only two days before we celebrate Christmas I knew I wanted to do a Christmas themed encouragement. But let me be transparent for a moment….this is my first Christmas without my best friend and wife Donna. A year ago, we celebrated it together in University of Washington Medical Center as she underwent her 2nd round of chemo. Even though there were none of the trappings of Christmas around us, we were both so incredibly thankful to have the Lord and each other. I will never forget being in our hospital room together praising God for His gift of love and our love for each other. Now here I am….alone…heartbroken to be without her. I confess, celebrating is not where I am at most of the time. But that is only from my temporary perspective! As I started to realize what Donna’s first Christmas away from me will look like, I gained a reason to celebrate. In revelation 21 the Apostle John gives some amazing truths about what our believing loved ones are currently enjoying. In verse 4-5 John can only describe what Donna is experiencing in negatives (what is no longer a part of her existence any longer).
- “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes”: What a great picture of the comfort of God.
- “there shall be no more death”: Gone forever will be the result of our rebellion.
- “nor sorrow”: The emotions tied to our sin will no longer have a place.
- “nor crying”: Gone forever will be weeping for our failure
- “There shall be no more pain”: All such things caused by our sin and others, even pain shall find no place to roost in heaven.
All such memories well have faded into the context of those things God worked in our lives for our good and His glory. The word “NEW” in verse 5 is a word that speaks of new “in character” and so great is this that God attests to its truth as being based upon His nature. Furthermore, in verse 6-8 the citizens of heaven will be satisfied people. We see this reflected in the words “it is done” which speaks of the truth that God will put back into order what He intended. He identifies His ability to do so by who He is:
- “I am the Alpha and the Omega”: These are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet which is to say that He is the sum total of everything.
- “the Beginning and the End”: These words speak of His deity as He is not just the first in the point of time but rather the source and origin of all things.
- “I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts”: Finally, He offers an invitation to all to partake of Him and be refreshed with only the condition that you do so freely.
As empty as my world is without Donna, she is experiencing a whole new amazing reality of LIFE! And because she is, I have decided to join her celebration here in my world by imaging all that she has in Christ in her New Life. I’m so thankful to have enjoyed 43 years of Christmas’s with her so I’ve decided that I’m going away for Christmas to join her in spirit so I can enjoy the 44th one with her as well. And the great thing is I don’t have to travel, as the only thing that needs to move is my heart attitude! So Merry Christmas to you all and have a “Heavenly Christmas”!
This has been Pastor Dale