Key Text: Revelation 21:22-25
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.
One of the most intriguing and beautiful aspects of the revelation given to John in the New Testament is this one proclaiming that the “city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor to it.”
In a world full of darkness – that is a glorious revelation indeed.
I think of how at the international level, nation after nation seem to be caught up in such darkness of conflict and turmoil; death and disease; warfare and struggle.
I think of how at the national level, we seem to struggle at times for light and direction, while politicians play their “dirty tricks” to get elected at all costs.
I think of how at the personal level, our daily struggle with darkness can be so difficult: confusion, illness, loss, all taking its toll on us and our loved ones.
Then, I picture the kingdom – the eternal reign – of God where such darkness has no place. It is a wonderful, hopeful image to ponder.
When and how will it happen? Only God knows.
Still, we can face the darkness of this world a little more boldly, a little more bravely, knowing that one day – one glorious day – it will be gone and all there will be, forever, is the brilliant light of God.