Wednesday, June 23

Sermon on Revelation 21/22 – An Excerpt

This will soon be delivered to Orting UMC! On Revelation 21:10, 22 - 22:5

But it really isn't an artistic depiction of heaven that we are being called to, is it? It is the New Jerusalem that will descend from heaven, where God will dwell and where we will see God face-to-face.

Hmm, maybe this isn't an artistic depiction of heaven, but a depiction of the state of our daily relationship with God and with the world. What if we said something like this, "Our love of God and of neighbor will descend from heaven and live in our hearts, minds, and bodies. And it is there that we will see God face-to-face in every encounter we have with our neighbors."

That is the New Jerusalem—compassion begetting compassion. And that is achievable. It is within the grasp of each one of us here. However, this scripture has more to offer than just our one-on-one relationship with God.

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