Advent 1:7, The Enduring Light

Light one purple candle
Read: Rev. 21:2; 22:1-3, 5

I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

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.

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.

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I generally have two different reactions whenever I read the last verse of today’s passage, which begins, “there will be no more night.” The New Jerusalem must be like Alaska in the summer — times 10. Talk about confusing! With no set morning and evening, how can one expect to get a good night’s sleep?

Maybe there will be no more sleeping in heaven. That’s what I was always taught about heaven. “But I happen to like sleeping!” I protest. There’s little better in this life than laying a tired head down to sleep in the darkness of a comfortable room, hoping that you may soon find the dreamlands of your childhood. I also enjoy driving the highways at night. There’s less traffic and it’s easier to focus on the road. On the other hand, when you’re in the presence of God Almighty, who can sleep? Who would want to? The fact that there will be constant light in heaven provided by God Himself speaks to the importance of light. In God’s presence there is no darkness: no sin, no absence of glory, no depression or guilt. God is glorious and His glory will transcend above all things, including you and I.

This Advent season we are celebrating Jesus as the Light of God, entered into a darkened world. As full deity, Jesus’ light was only veiled while in our presence on earth, waiting to be displayed once again in its full glory in heaven. Several select disciples got to see a glimpse of this eternal light on the mount of transfiguration. Matthew 17:1-2 says, “After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.”

John saw the same glory again in Revelation 1, in which he says of Jesus, “His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.” Jesus is the eternal, enduring Light. It is His glory we will see in heaven,

— Be God’s!

Sample Prayer

“Our Father in heaven, we light this candle to thank You for Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world. We who have sat in darkness have seen a great light, the light of Jesus Christ, our salvation. We give You thanks and praise in Jesus’ name, because He lives and reigns with You in Your glory, and in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”