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#868 – God with Us, Forever (Revelation 22:1–5)

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“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the lamb through the middle of the street of the city. Also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its 12 kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the lamb will be in it and his servants will worship him. They will see his face. And his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”
(Revelation 22:1–5)

As we celebrate Christmas day, as we celebrate the coming of Christ, we turn our eyes to the reality that he is one day going to come again. We celebrate what he has accomplished in his first coming. He’s accomplished our salvation. He has made a way for us to be forgiven of all of our sins. He has made a way for us to experience relationship with God. He has made a way for us to have eternal life in him starting right now. Oh, all these things are glorious beyond comprehension, description, imagination. And yet, there’s more because he is coming back to usher in a new heaven and a new earth, where we will, Revelation 22 verse four, see his face. We will worship him totally free in a scene where God will literally be our light, where we will dwell with him forever and ever.

On this Christmas Day, let’s long for the day when we will rule and reign with our God forever. Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly.

So God, we praise you on this Christmas day. Jesus, we exalt you on this Christmas day for accomplishing our salvation, for coming, living, dying, rising from the dead, ascending into heaven for us. We celebrate the reality of your first coming today. We glorify you. We praise you. We thank you, we exalt you and we pray. Come Lord Jesus, come quickly again. Come back, usher in fully and finally the salvation you have accomplished for us. We know that when you come back, you will not be a child in a cradle. You will be a King on a horse. You will be coming with a trumpet blast from the sky and we will see your face and we will enjoy your presence in a way that is far greater than anything we can imagine. We long for that day, we anticipate that day, and we pray that you would use our lives even to in a second Peter kind of way. Hasten the coming of that day. Help us to make this good news known in anticipation of that day.

God, we pray. We pray that today, among family members and friends, you would give us boldness to share the gospel, that they might be ready for that day. God we pray that in the coming year you would use our lives to make this good news known to more and more and more people. That they might be ready for the coming of that day. That they might experience what we’re reading here in Revelation chapter 22. God, please help us to live today and every day until you come with ultimate hope. Ultimate hope, not just in what you did in your first coming, but what you will do and bring about in your second coming. For this we pray with anticipation in Jesus name. Amen.

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David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and president of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.
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