- Revelation 21:1-6 The God of New Beginnings (Leininger)
Any New Year's resolutions this year? Lots of people make them. I'm gonna learn Spanish. Buenos Dias! That's about as far as I've gotten. Actually, Feliz Año Nuevo - that's Happy New Year. I read somewhere that the top five resolutions are to get personal finances in order, lose weight, stop smoking, become more physically fit, and improve personal relationships.
- Revelation 21 The Right Side of Heaven (Donovan)
A little girl looked at the stars and said, "Dad, If the wrong side of heaven is so beautiful, what will the right side be?" Needlework has a front side and a back side, or a right side and a wrong side. The front side has a beautiful design. The back side, especially if stitched by an inexperienced needleworker, may have no pattern or beauty to it.
- Revelation 21:1-7 Imagining Heaven (Bowen)
C.S. Lewis said, " If you read history you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.... Aim at Heaven and you will get earth "thrown in": aim at earth and you may not even get earth."
- Revelation 21:1-7 Where There’s Vision There’s Hope (McLarty)
King Solomon got it right when he said, "Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint…" (Proverbs 29:18). What I'd like for us to think about in the sermon this morning is the flip side of the coin: "Where there is vision, there's hope." No one knew this better than John.
- Revelation 21:10, 21:22 – 22:5 You Simply Aren’t Afraid Any More (Hoffacker)
Phyllis Tickle says that a near-death experience "irrevocably changes you. By the time you come back it is too real and too integrated into every fiber of your belief system. The end result is you simply aren't afraid anymore.... The experience clearly said to me, 'This is what it is like. This is what you are getting ready for. This is the homecoming.'"
- Revelation 21:10, 21:22 – 22:5 A Home to Long For (Hoffacker)
We can learn and re-learn that heaven is a community, healing, and vision. We can long for heaven in its fullness and enjoy the glimpses that appear to us now in moments of vision and healing and community. Then, when we come to the new Jerusalem, it will not seem like a strange and alien city, but will feel a lot like home.
- Revelation 21:10, 21:22 – 22:5 Holy Places (McLarty)
It's a Catch-22: We need holy places in which to ground our faith; yet, if we're not careful, these holy places can stand in the way of our devotion to God. So, what's the answer? The answer is found in this passage of Revelation. When God's kingdom is fulfilled, there will be no holy places, only the holiness of God.