Revelation - Part 33
No More Tears l Revelation 21:1-8 l Pt. 33
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
C. S. Lewis
“Remember that after we die somehow, Christ is going to raise us up again, and somehow we’ll be a body still. But we’ll be different than we are now. A new body’s what we get – I’ve got a great one on order. You laugh, but someday you’ll be astonished. I’ll have no bags under my eyes, I’ll have a jaw line, biceps – the whole works. I’ll be a jock. Either a jock or a fife player, I haven’t decided which.”
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The _________ of ________ Don’t _________ Heaven
Questions for the Heart and Spirit
- C.S. Lewis is quoted, “Aim at heaven and you get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.” Do you agree with him? Why? How does this contrast with Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead who is quoted, “Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves - or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth.”
Questions for the Mind
- READ: Rev 21:1, Isa 65:17, 66:22, 2 Pet. 3:11-13, Gal. 4:26, Heb. 12:22-24. When John describes a “new heaven and a new earth, what does “new” mean? From scratch? A “transformation?” Why do you suppose there “was no more sea?” What did the sea represent to John’s audience up till this time?
- READ: Rev. 21:3-4, Is , 25:8, 65:19-20, Matt 1:23, Lev 26:11-12, Ez. 37:27. What is the significance of these verses? What is the greatest blessing of heaven pictured here? How long has God been planning this reunion? How do the old testament verses point to something greater, the antitype of what was being referenced there?
- READ: Rev 21:6-7, , Is 41:4, 44:6, 48:12, John 4:14. What is “done” in v. 6? Why does John focus on Greek letters as the beginning and end of everything, as opposed to the Hebrew letters? How does God’s promise of living water in Revelation allude to Jesus’ speech to the Samaritan woman in John 4? How does it prophesize the new worshiping of God in “spirit and in truth?” Who are the conquerors in vs. 7(also in Rev. 2:7, 11, 17)?
- Pray that we might quickly see this reality happen, while at the same time know that God’s revealed will is still to disciple the nations!
If you have a chance, read a book on heaven, like In Light of Eternity or Heaven by Randy Alcorn. Ted Dekker also has a challenging book called The Slumber of Christianity: Awakening a Passion for Heaven on Earth.