December 30, Reading 3 – Revelation 21:9-22:5

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SAA Notes

Shameful, deceitful and impure are adjectives of hell, not heaven. I have a responsibility to turn away from such today. When Christ returns, the Garden of Eden will become the Garden in the midst of the Holy City!

SJA Notes

“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.”

Here is a wonderful thing to look forward to.

The full revelation of our God of light. That (the new) creation itself will fundamentally change.

No longer will there be a burning sun by day and a glowing moon by night.

Instead the glory of God will radiate visibly, the Lamb as a lamp.

It’s interesting too that John very clearly calls out “the Lamb” a number of times here.

It is the Lamb’s book of life that has been referred to on many occasions.

The Lamb is He who was slain from before the foundation of the world.

He is the sacrifice once for all.

Jesus. The Lamb.

And He is our lamp, as God’s word become flesh – A lamp for a feet and a light to our path.

* Faithful God,

Thank You for Your promise of eternal life, that we see described in part here in this passage, that You will be our light.

Thank You that You are the God of light!

Thank You for writing our names in the Lamb’s book of life.

Amen.

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