The right announcer for an event makes all the difference, doesn’t it? Memorable moments in the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup Finals, and all the other great sporting events are accentuated by memorable calls by a great announcer. Even our level of engagement in a sporting event changes drastically depending upon the announcer’s passion and delivery as they describe the events as they unfold.
While John is watching the new Jerusalem, the Holy City, come down to the new earth, a proclamation accompanies its arrival:
Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and will be their God.
I’m willing to bet that this wasn’t a monotone, stuffy delivery either.
In what’s commonly referred to as the “love chapter”, Paul told the Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.
Do you see what is being proclaimed about the new Jerusalem? That the dwelling of God is with humanity, and He will live with them.
The Presence which you have only felt up until now…will be the Person in front of you. Living in the same city as you. Even walking down the same streets…but it won’t be like God is a distant celebrity that you can only occasionally get a glimpse of, either. No, you’ll have personal access and interactions:
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.
Try to imagine this life without the fear of death hanging over humanity, people having no reason to mourn or cry, no situations of anguish. A removal of those things now would bring about what we would be happy to refer to as “heaven”…but God has more in mind:
Then the One seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new.”
Just let that sink in…everything…every thing…all that we know…made new…