I've been thinking about the "New Jerusalem" quite a bit recently. Tomorrow morning, I will do my third funeral in two weeks with another memorial service coming up in just a few weeks. It makes one think alot about life and life after death. It so happens that all of the funeral services that I've been doing lately have been for women who have died of cancer. They all had a pretty difficult final few months and weeks and their families had to see them endure much suffering. That's why I find such great hope in the words of the Bible that speak of what our New life in Christ will be like. In Revelation 21, John tell us about the vision that he saw.
New Jerusalem, the Holy City
A New Heaven and a New Earth - Revelation 21: 1-7 (NIV)
"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. 2
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4
‘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.”
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 without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7
Those who are victoriouswill inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children."
Several years ago, (1986 to be exact) I wrote the song, "New Jerusalem" based on this passage of scripture. By God's grace, it won the song festival at the Christian Artists Music Festival in Estes Park, Colorado and was performed on the final evening by Wayne Watson with a full orchestra. Later, Michael English recorded it for Christian Artist Music, Co. I've sung it for many worship and funeral services. It reminds us that God is making all things new and that there will come a day when we will have no more pain, no sorrow, no tears and it give us hope for tomorrow no matter what we are facing today. I pray that it gives you hope too. You can find the music and the song here; http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/randymayfield4
NEW JERUSALEM -
By Randy Mayfield
I’ve never been to Jerusalem. I’ve never walked where Jesus walked. I’ve never stood beside the Sea of Galilee Where the people gathered ‘round as Jesus taught. I've never seen the Garden of Gethsemane Where my Savior prayed and where He cried But I’ve looked upon the tree at Calvary And I’ve knelt before the Cross where Jesus died.
And I’m going to my home in Jerusalem, So much brighter than Jerusalem of old Where the streets are not of stone or earthen clay But they’re lined with Jewels and paved in solid gold
New Jerusalem, Holy City of the King, Where we’ll walk beside the Lord, And we’ll live eternally. New Jerusalem, no more sorrow, no more pain. All our tears are wiped away, And forever, we will reign.
Well you may never see that old Jerusalem Or it’s busy streets all lined with merchants wares. But you can one day see that city filled with light Where the waters flow with life so crystal clear.
Filled with the glory, of the Father up above. Guarded by his Angels, and surrounded by His Love Surrounded by God’s love….
New Jerusalem, Holy city of the King. Where we’ll walk beside the Lord, And we’ll live eternally. New Jerusalem, no more sorrow, no more pain. All our tears are wiped away, And forever… forever we will reign In New Jerusalem, Oh New Jerusalem Forever we will reign.
c. Randy Mayfield – Ramay Music - ASCAP