“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them,
and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more,
neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore,
for the former things have passed away.’
And he who was seated on the throne said,’Behold, I am making all things new.’
Also he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’
And 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 from the spring of the water of life without payment. To the one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”
So many promises in this passage! When God makes all things new, just think of what that will be like! God, Himself will dwell among us, wiping the tears from our eyes. No more death! No more mourning! No more pain! That’s all going to be gone!
How could such a thing be accomplished? The Alpha and Omega Himself said, ‘It is done!’ But HOW was it done? Long ago, the prophet Zechariah was given a clue. Grace would come to the house of David and they would cry out for mercy when they looked on him who they pierced. The houses of David, and of David’s son, Nathan, would mourn for him. And to them and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem would be opened a fountain, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.
That’s how it would be done. Grace. The Messiah would be pierced. Blood and water would flow. From Him would spring a fountain of life to cleanse us from all our sin so that God could make His dwelling among us.
Do you not thirst for that grace? For those cleansing waters of life?
“When I saw the cleansing fountain, open wide for all my sin,
I obeyed the Spirit’s wooing when He said, ‘wilt thou be clean?”
I will praise Him! I will praise Him!
Praise the Lamb for sinners slain;
Give Him glory, all ye people,
for His blood can wash away each stain.”