Then the angel showed me the river of the water
of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne
of God and of the Lamb through the middle
of the street of the city; also, on either side of
the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of
fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves
of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
No longer will there be anything accursed, but
the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in
it, and his servants will worship him. They will
see his face, and his name will be on their
foreheads. And night will be no
more. They will need no light of
lamp or sun, for the Lord God
will be their light, and they
will reign forever and ever.
As we celebrate the
coming of Christ on
Christmas day, we
remember all that
He accomplished in
His first coming. His
death and resurrection
have provided the
forgiveness of sins and
the hope of eternal life.
We even get a taste of this
new life now through His Spirit
who lives in us. In fact, it’s the Spirit who
reveals these things to us:
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1
The blessings that flow from Christ’s first coming
are glorious beyond description. And yet, there’s
more to the story.
Jesus is coming back, and when He does, He will
not be a child in a cradle. He will be a King on
a horse. The trumpet will sound and Christ will
return to right all wrongs, to bring judgment on
His enemies, to put an end to injustice. But for
those of us who are relying on Him as our Savior
and Lord, His return will mean the consummation
of our redemption.
Christ will usher in a new heaven and a new earth
where, according to today’s passage, we will “see
his face.” We will experience unhindered worship,
worship that is not affected by sin, and the Lord
Himself will be our light. We will reign
with Him “forever and ever.” This
is the end goal of our salvation.
This is why Jesus came.
Immanuel, God with us,
Let this Christmas
day remind you to
hope in that day,
to live for that day.
It may seem far off.
You may even have
that it will ever
come. But like Israel
of old, our doubts are
unfounded. God will keep
His promises. The Messiah will
come . . . again.
PRAYING IN LIGHT OF TODAY’S PASSAGE
Pray for Christ’s return, asking Him to put an end
to sin and injustice and to use you to bring the
message of His redemption to those who have
never put their trust in Him.