April 11, 2018
READ: Revelation 21:1–22:6
They will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads (22:4).
The first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks, “What is the chief end of man?” Answer: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” A student misquoted this as, “Our purpose is to glorify God and endure Him forever.” The mistake is funny, but isn’t that sometimes how we secretly feel about eternity? What will we do there except sing praise songs? How wonderful for the first million years. But . . . forever?
We may sometimes have more questions than answers about eternity, but the closing chapters of Scripture describe a future that is far from boring. Imagine the moment when we see the face of Christ (Revelation 22:4). We won’t cower in fear before His blinding glory (21:23), for He will gently “wipe every tear from [our] eyes,” assuring us that “there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain” (v.4).
We will never have seen anyone so beautiful, nor feel so loved and embraced. When Jesus claims us by writing His name on our foreheads (22:4), we will finally belong. Part of God’s family from every “language and people”, we will naturally sing praises to the King who redeemed us (5:9-14).
And we will enjoy God here—because Jesus is returning to live forever with us on a restored Earth (21:3). As exhilarating as that joyful worship service will be, when Jesus returns, singing will likely not be the only form of worship. Just as Adam and Eve walked with God yet also made time to garden and name the animals, so we will worship Jesus through all sorts of human activities (vv.24-26). We will have eternity to do what He’s prepared for us. As we reign with Jesus on a restored Earth, we can enjoy Him and every good thing—forever (vv.3-5).
365-day plan: 1 Kings 1:5-27
Read Isaiah 65:17-25. How does Isaiah describe life on the new earth? Do any of his details surprise you?
How does God’s promised future bring joy to your life today? How might our hope of a restored creation influence how you tell others about Jesus?