Then 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. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; 4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”
Every time I pray the Lord’s Prayer, I am especially drawn to the stanza “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on EARTH as it is in heaven”. (I emphasize EARTH). Contemplating how wonderful and joyous the world will be when the Earth’s new kingdom is at last finalized, may have been this writer’s (John) motivation. He seems to revel in this new future with Hope, mentioning a new Heaven, a new Jerusalem, and God dwelling right here on Earth with men (not just in Heaven). Wiping away every tear from their eyes completes the magnificent new future with a Hope. May it be so!
Since this passage is almost the final chapter of the classical New Testament, it certainly fits my vision of the new Kingdom coming. Over the last twenty plus centuries we have been getting closer and closer to this Kingdom where the dwelling of God is with men, and “God himself will be with them and be their God”: this is the epitome of “A Future with Hope”.
Our Heavenly Father, please motivate us, guide us, inspire us, and invite us to make your Kingdom come and your will be done here, as it is in Heaven. Amen