The bride and groom, in their perfect new world
Pray: for God’s help as you look and think on his word now.
Read: Revelation 21:1–4
1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And 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. 4He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.”
Think: where is the church in these verses? How is it described? What mental images do these descriptions conjure up in your mind? What is life going to be like in eternity for the church? Spend some time imagining what it will be like to live this life. You could go through your day today, then imagine doing the same day in the new creation—what are the differences? How will it be better in the new creation?
Pray: spend some time praising God for how amazing the new creation is going to be. Praise him for how good it will be for his people (the church).
Today: write a list of 20 examples of tears, death, mourning, crying or pain. This will be hard, though it could be from personal experience, or what you’ve witnessed. It could be diseases, disasters, emotions, feelings. Go through your list and give thanks to God that each thing you have listed will be totally gone in his new creation.