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No More Night.

Revelation 21    Isaiah 9-10    Psalm 111

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Isaiah 9:2). The Word of God is, ultimately, a word of encouragement and hope; of covenant kept and promises fulfilled. From first word uttered by God at the beginning of the story, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3), to  the final vision of the great and glorious “forever and ever” when “they need no lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light” (Revelation 22:5), the message is clear: God is light, and light overcomes darkness. Every time. Always. And, as the psalmist declares, those who study the works of God will praise God and give thanks to the Lord (Psalm 111:1,2). Why? Because they believe there will, indeed, come a time when “there will be no more night” (Revelation 22:5).

“See, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5). A new heaven and a new earth (v.1). Prophesied by Isaiah (65:17; 66:22) and seen by John. All creation will be renewed, transformed, and made right. By the authority and presence of God and the Lamb who is the Son (Revelation 21, 22; Isaiah 9:6,7).  And this will be so because God, who is “the beginning and the end” (Revelation 21:6; 22:13),  “is ever mindful of his covenant” (Psalm 111:5) and does everything he sets out to do (see Isaiah 9:7 and Revelation 21:6). To be sure, chaos and darkness and night are part of our reality now, but, as  Jesus, our “bright morning star” (Revelation 22:16) ensures, the darkness will be replaced by the dawn of everlasting day!

“Those who conquer will inherit these things” (Revelation 21:7). And this is the consistent call: Conquer. Overcome. No matter how deep or dark the night, “do not be afraid” (Isaiah 10:24). Endure to the end. Be faithful always.  “Worship God!” (Revelation 22:9). And those who do “will see his face” (22:4). There is no greater gift, promise, or joy than this; to see him face to face. May you keep this goal always before you. May you walk in the light of this promise. And may you join the rising chorus of those who long for the day when there is no night: Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them as their God;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
— Revelation 21:3,4

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