Daily Devotions

The joys of heaven (2)

January 24, 2023

“It was about fifteen hundred miles high and fifteen hundred miles wide.” Rev 21:16 CEV

 

The next time you feel cramped for space, read this: “The city was shaped like a cube, because it was just as high as it was wide. When the angel measured the city, it was about fifteen hundred miles high and fifteen hundred miles wide” (v. 16 CEV). That’s an area of over two million square miles—making the new Jerusalem bigger than the state of Texas. In fact, it’s almost four times larger than the state of Alaska, and over half the size of the entire United States! A city that big would be anything but crowded and uncomfortable. And here is something even more incredible: It’s fifteen hundred miles high! There will be no space limitations. And that confirms what Jesus said about heaven: “In my Father’s house are many mansions…I go to prepare a place for you” (Jn 14:2). Since the same God who created the earth also designed heaven, and since Paul said heaven will be “far better” (Php 1:23 NKJV), think of the most beautiful place you have ever visited and multiply that scene by infinity. John the Revelator described it in these words: “The City shimmered like a precious gem, light-filled, pulsing light” (Rev 21:12 MSG). One night as he held his father’s hand and looked up at the stars, a little boy said to his dad, “If the wrong side of heaven is so beautiful, what must the right side look like?” Jesus died so that you could go to heaven. But you don’t go by chance; you go by choice. So, have you placed your trust in Christ to be your Savior? If so, see you there!

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