This study, taught by pastor Barry Forder at our Sunday morning service on Sunday 10th June 2016 is the 24th & penultimate session in our verse-by-verse study through the book of Revelation.
Most of us can identify with the feeling of security and comfort that comes from arriving home after some time away, or at the end of a long journey. It’s nice to be in our own home where we can just relax and put our feet up.
In this chapter we will be introduced to our eternal home – our real home; this world is not our home, we are just pilgrims here. The place that will be described in this chapter is what we have been created for. 1 Cor 2:9-10 tells us: “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”
Although only a glimpse is given, God reveals just enough to wet our appetites and convince us that this is reality and not a dream, albeit a reality beyond our wildest dreams.
It should also help us to get things into perspective, as we look at this life and the problems that we may be facing, we should remember that all of this – here and now – is only temporary. All the pain and suffering is not the way that God wants it to be; and when we get to our eternal home all of this present age will be forgotten as God wipes every tear away.
It should also make us remember that we should be putting our treasure in heaven and not on the earth.
In John 14:3 Jesus told us that He was going to prepare a place for us – now we get to find out what it is like! And believe me, no expense has been spared!
To aid your personal study, the Powerpoint slides used in this teaching are available for download here, and a verse-by-verse text commentary of Revelation Chapter 21 is also available in the Pastor’s Blog section of this web site entitled: “The New Jerusalem”