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July 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.”—Revelation 21:22–23 (NKJV)
Have you ever stopped to consider how dependent upon light we all are? All it takes is a power outage to remind us. Whether via an earthquake, hurricane, thunderstorm, lightning strike, or some sort of mechanical failure, everything changes when the lights go out and we’re left in the dark.
Our routines come to a screeching halt. In the darkness, there’s such an undeniable tension in the air that you can cut it with a knife. After all, light gives us a much-needed sense of security. Without it we feel completely alone; we’re liable to stumble and trip, we’re vulnerable and open to attack both literally and imaginatively. Raise your hand if the absence of light has allowed something horrific to grow in your imagination.
Let’s be honest, regardless of age, we instinctively want the lights back on, because we understand on a primal level that we weren’t meant to dwell in the dark! Not only do we know this to be true from our instinct and experience, but we also know it from the fact that we’re destined to dwell in an everlasting environment of light. In the heavenly Jerusalem, where every saint will spend an eternal existence, John describes the city as being perpetually illuminated night and day.
There will be no earthquakes or hurricanes to knock out the electricity, no service schedule requiring the grid to be shut down, not even a solar eclipse on the celestial calendar. The light will never cease in the heavenly Jerusalem, where its citizens will bask in light forever.
But here’s the most beautiful part: The light will be eternal because its source is eternal . . . the Everlasting Lamb of God, Himself. Jesus, in the fullness of His splendor will shine forth, casting His glory on every face and surface of the heavenly city.
Our inherent need for light will find its final and forever fulfillment in the glory of the Lamb of God. His will be a light that will never cease to shine. And as it shines, it will be a continual reminder of who He is and all He is to us!
DIG: What inherent need do we all have and how is this demonstrated? How is this need fulfilled in heaven?
DISCOVER: What is the significance of Jesus serving as the source of our light in eternity?
DISPLAY: Tell someone about the light of Jesus this week.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.