“And they will reign forever and ever.”
Thoughts… Today we come to the end of the Bible, and in this chapter, the description of the beginning of the rest of eternity. As beautifully alluring as John’s words are, they certainly cannot capture what it will be like in God’s presence for all eternity.
But we do know that no longer will there be the taint of sin’s curse: “No longer will there be any curse.” (verse 3)
We know that evil will no longer be permitted in God’s recreated world: “Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” (verse 15)
We know that God himself will physically be among us: “The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.” (verses 3-5)
We know that God will assign us to eternally rule over his boundless creation, universe beyond universe, as his partners in Divine love, grace and justice: “And they will reign for ever and ever.” (verse 5)
We know that in God’s eternity, we are invited to experience the full satisfaction of our beings that only God can supply: “Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” (verse 17)
And we know that even though time no longer exists there, we will be no closer to exhausting God’s love and grace a billion years into eternity than when we first begun.
The end will just be the beginning of dwelling with God himself in the perfection of his glorious presence.
And all we can say is what John said, “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!” (verse 20)
Prayer… Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
One More Thing… “One should go to sleep as homesick passengers do, saying, ‘Perhaps in the morning we shall see the shore.’” —Henry Ward Beecher