Revelation 22:1-5 (NIVUK)
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
I can think of no better way to finish our journey through the New Testament than here. We finish in the Garden of Eden restored, the curse overcome and humanity living once more in the immediate presence of God. Let your imagination feast on this image and that described in Revelation 21 as well, for these images tell us of God’s astonishing love for people and his creation and his desire never to give up on it but to rescue it and make it whole, despite the way we have treated him. That is love and that is a god worth serving! They will also motivate us to share the good news of Jesus – this good news – over our new season, that of Advent and beyond.
Come, Lord Jesus, come.
Today’s New Testament in a Season readings: Revelation 22