SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- After all the chaos and judgment (found in the previous chapters), John sees a city descend from a new heaven onto a new earth. The city is called New Jerusalem.
- We get some description of what heaven will be like in verses 3-7 and 22-27.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- God tells John, “I am making everything new.” This truth about God applies to more than just the situation we see in this chapter. God is constantly making everything new, and it's definitely true in the lives of Jesus' followers. Our lives may mimic some of what we've seen in the previous chapters in Revelation -- conflict and wars (both inside ourselves and with others) -- but God is at work, and change is coming. God will make everything new, not only for the whole world, but in our lives as well.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Read back through the description of heaven in verses 3-7 and 22-27. What encourages you about it? What are you looking forward to?
- Where do you feel stuck in life? Do you trust that God is at work in your life and leading that situation towards change, that he will make all things new? Talk to him about it.
- Where do you see God working in your life right now? Where is he trying to bring about change? How could you partner with him in that work?