The Light of God’s Glory

And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. (Rev. 21:23)

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I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the day when I will get to soak in the warm rays of God’s glory in the new Jerusalem.  How amazing is that going to be?!  God’s dwelling place will be with man where he makes all things new.  No more pain, or cancer, or depression, or poverty, or abuse, or hunger, or death, or sadness –  only the warmth and pure light of our God with us.  There will be no need for lamps, as there will be no more shadows, because of the Lamb.

While living life on planet earth, the sun is absolutely central to our existence. We recognize that all life on planet earth is tied to the fiery orb at the center of our solar system.  And know that without it, well, life would cease to exist.  We are so dependent on it, in fact, that simply not soaking up enough of its rays on a daily basis can cause vitamin d deficiency and a myriad of health issues.  Scientists are still discovering all the many ways that our well-being is tied to the sun.  Our complete earthly dependence on the sun is a reminder to us of an even greater dependence we have – our dependence on The Light.

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The sun is greater than our minds can fathom, how much more so its creator, the source of true light.  We are completely dependent on Him here and for all eternity.  And though he is with us, because of the brokenness brought into the world by sin, right now we live in a land full of shadows.  But soon, oh-so soon,  the light of God’s glory will break completely through emanating into every crevice, every dark corner.  Satan, sin, and death will be defeated!  His light will break through like dawn shining ever brighter until the day.  Oh glorious day that will be!  When, in the pure, holy light of God’s presence, we will see for the first time the way things truly are.

We will run, and laugh, and sing in the beams of that perfect Light where we, who were once God’s enemies, now have a heritage as God’s children.  His beloved children!  Accepted and loved completely because of Christ’s atoning death for us on the cross – his perfect, holy life in place of our sinful, broken ones.  And the night that reminds us of the darkness that once ruled our lives will be forever banished.

And night will be no more.  They will need no light or lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.  (Rev. 22:5)

I long for this incredible day!  How about you?