10 Jul 2016 10:00am – Living Patiently – Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee
We often speak of faith as "going" somewhere (to heaven etc), but for scripture the city of God is coming down, from God, to us, establishing itself in our midst, including all (even our enemies), making all things new.
The New Heaven and the New Earth
21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”
5 And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
Jason Byassee teaches preaching at the Vancouver School of Theology. He is author, most recently, of Trinity: The God We Don't Know (Abingdon). He has previously pastored large (1500) and small (80) parishes, been an editor for Christian Century, and studied and taught at Duke University.