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A Tour Of The New Jerusalem (15 of 15)
Series: HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED ABOUT HEAVEN?
Everything about the New Jerusalem will be magnificent! In our last lesson we learned about the streets of gold, the multi-faceted foundation, the walls of the city, the streets of gold and the gates of Pearl.
Now, through the miracle of God's word and guided by God's spirit, we will tour the New Jerusalem and marvel at more of it's wonders!
An old gospel song says, "Some morning you'll find me touring that city where the Lamb of God is the light." That is exactly what we want to do today – tour the city where all of God's people will one day be together.
I. THE RIVER OF THIS CITY – (vs. 1-2)
The Site of This River
John describes a natural wonder in the center of the New Jerusalem: "the river of the water of life." Water has always been important to cities simply because they cannot exist without it. Because the city is a center of human life, water is an essential.
Ghosts don't need water, but human bodies do. This is another affirmation that we will be in real, physical bodies and not disembodied spirits. This water supply will provide constantly available fresh water, pure and uncontaminated, able to satisfy the deepest thirst.
The Source of This River – The Throne of God occupied by the
Christ is the source of all natural beauties and wonders. In this great river is reflected His thirst-quenching need satisfying nature. The Lamb always meets His people's needs and fulfills their longings.
On the New Earth we won't have to leave the city to find natural beauty. It will be incorporated into the city, with the River of Life as its source. The river flows down the city's main street. Likely it has countless tributaries flowing throughout the rest of the city.
The Symbolism of This River
This great river reflects the thirst quenching, need-satisfying ability of Christ. Jesus always meets His people's needs and fulfills their deepest longings. The river is also a reminder of the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer. (John 7:37-38)
Jesus invites all who are thirsty to come to Him and drink. He says that out of our innermost being will come streams of living water. Throughout Scripture, water is a symbol of God's spirit at work in His people.
Jesus said, "I assure you; unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God."
The river also symbolizes God's word, which many times in scripture is symbolized by water.
Paul speaks in Ephesians 5:26 about the church being cleansed by the "washing of water by the word." The only thing that can quench the thirst of a believer is the water that God provides.
The Psalmist said, "How can a young man cleanse himself – by God's Word?"
The river of life will be a constant reminder of God's constant provision. Jesus said to the woman at the well in John 4, "If you drink of the water ...
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