Scripture: Revelation 21:
1 Then I saw "a new heaven and a new earth," [a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ [b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
Observation: Christ’s first coming radically changed the way mankind was able to relate to God, His second coming will do the same.
Application: If you were to say to a Jewish person of the fist century, "God is in your heart." it would probably mean to them that they had studied the law and the words of the Torah enough that the law was "written on their hearts." For us today that kind of statement would most likely be saying something to the fact that God’s Holy Spirit is dwelling within us, abiding in our heart and manifesting in our lives through our faith. "They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God." It’s a new paradigm, a new way of thinking about things, God had always been somewhere far off, out of reach, on top of the mountain, or in the most holy places but now God is Here! He is with us, and because of Jesus his dwelling place is no longer that unattainable holy of holies but rather, it is a renewed heart, a heart made holy by HIS righteousness.
What a vast difference it made when Christ came. God went from being unreachable, to being accessible through faith in Jesus. When He comes again, (and He will come again) there will be even more wonderful revelations for us. We must be ready to receive the New heaven and New earth "for the old order of things has passed away." All things are becoming new!
Prayer: Dear God,
Please forgive me when I fail to live as I should and love as I should and forgive as I should. Grant me strength to live with constant knowledge that your spirit is within me and available for my strength and comfort and guidance. I reach out for you and desire the New heaven and New earth that is coming when Christ appears, help me to look in the right places and seek you within my soul, help me to feel Your glory. Come Lord Jesus!