In the first four verses of this chapter, John tells us some things he saw and heard of the forever world, the accomplished world. There was the briefest introduction to the new heaven and the new earth. Jerusalem, that eternal world capital made its descent from heaven to earth emphasizing the new order of things: God-with-us. The important thing was not Jerusalem’s appearance, though, but its hallmark characteristics: newness, togetherness, and permanent comfort.
That was the lesson of last week. In the verses of this lesson, God turns his words away from the new order of things and back to the old order of things our order of things. While there is a richness of hope in verse 4 John the Apostle did not live in that place. Neither do we nor the billions of people who have walked the earth since John had this vision. [Read more…]