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Delivered By
Pastor Lynn Spoon
Delivered On
February 26, 2023 at 9:00 AM
Central Passage
Revelation 21
Are We There Yet? Are We There Yet?
Attached Document
Sunday 2/26/23

Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
. Rev. 21
We need to let go of our “When and Then” thinking. The “when ‘this’ happens, then I'm going to do ‘this, that or the other’…” Instead of When and Then, how about Then and Now Thinking?
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride, beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then He said, “Write this down, for These words are trustworthy and true.” Rev. 21:1-5
The Bible doesn’t end with an actual ending. It finishes with a New Beginning.
John’s sees the vision of God’s promise actually being Fulfilled.
“He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars, their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” V. 6-14
Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
. Rev. 21
“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Rom.8:22-25
All of creation suffers the pains of childbirth together until then so that when we are Redeemed as believers we will see all God has prepared for us, But for now we must wait patiently.
1st John 2:17, John wrote, “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” Praise-Alujah!
The question for us comes down to the question of Investment. What am I going to invest my life in?
God can use ordinary people like Me as imperfect as I am in incredible ways that can impact eternity more than I can ever imagine.
How big is this great city?
“The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. He measured its wall and it was 144 cubits thick, by man’s measurement, which the angel was using. The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass. I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.
Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
. Rev. 21
On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” V. 15-27
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Phil. 3:20
If you have a Personal Relationship with Jesus you’re already a citizen of Heaven
In this world we’re going to be unsatisfied, we’re going to realize we don’t have all there is. That’s because a new earth and a new heavenly dwelling place awaits us.
Five words to describe that sense of dwelling with God; “I am making everything new.”
In heaven you’ll never hear the words “been there, done that.”

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