Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them and be their God;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”
And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. ~ Revelation 21:1-6a
In the culmination God will be revealed as the ultimate experience of love.
Wiping every tear.
Making all things new.
Making sure all have enough to drink.
Grief will end. Death will end.
God's first revealing in scripture, way back in Genesis, takes place in a garden. The final revealing culminates in a city.
Scripture ends with God revealed up close and personal. With everyone together living in love.
We don't have to wait for that final culmination to see God in others. We don't have to wait for every tear to be wiped and every person to have enough to eat and drink.
We can begin to reveal God's care and compassion now. We can pulls others close to us now.
We can love fully and deeply now.
We can walk with another through their grief now.
Epiphany ends today, but the revealing of God to the world is still unfolding.
You still have your part to play.
Help me to reveal your abundant love to the world today. Now! Amen