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Designed for Eternity

One day a Scottish evangelist asked hymn writer Fanny Crosby if she was disappointed that God had not given her sight. Fanny’s answer surprised him: “Do you know that if at my birth I had been able to make one petition to my Creator, it would have been that I should be made blind? Because, when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior.”

Fanny Crosby understood how glorious that sight of our Savior in eternity will be. Our passage today offers us a sneak peek at our glorious future with Christ. An angel shows John a glimpse of the heavenly city, the New Jerusalem. In the very center is the throne of God with a river flowing from it, “the water of life” (v. 1).

Notice that this paradise reflects and surpasses the original Creation of God. The Garden of Eden also had a river and the tree of life (Gen. 2:9). Both were placed in the Garden before Adam and Eve were cast out. Now, we are given access to them. Most wonderfully, the curse has been lifted. God is central in this environment. The trees are never barren. Fruit is plentiful. There is no more darkness or night—God Himself provides light (v. 5).

And we will see God! In the Old Testament, people were not able to look on the face of God. Here, we see God’s face, meaning we will know Him in perfect fullness and communion. We belong to Him completely, reunited in every way. The things that separate us from our Creator—sin, death, decay, and temptation—will be removed, and we will function as we were originally designed to live in harmony with God and others. What a wonderful day that will be!

Apply the Word

Did you know you are royalty? We will reign forever (v. 5). At creation, we were given dominion over the animal kingdom. But in the new heavens and new earth, we will reign with God. We are heirs of His kingdom. No matter what you might face today, know that it is temporary. Like Fanny, look forward to seeing God face to face.

BY Jamie Janosz

Jamie Janosz serves as a content development manager for Moody Bible Institute. She writes monthly devotionals for Today in the Word and has published non-fiction essays with Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics blog. Recently Jamie wrote a book titled When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up (Moody Publishers). Jamie studied theology and writing at Moody Bible Institute, Columbia College, and Illinois State University. She lives on the Atlantic coast of Florida with her husband, Milt, and daughter, Sabrina.

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