I will rejoice over Jerusalem and delight in my people. And the sound of weeping and crying will be heard in it no more.
Yes, we are the beginning of the new Jerusalem and Jesus will rejoice and be delighted in all his people as a groom rejoices and delights in his bride. Jesus gives this vision to John, recorded in Revelation 21.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
God’s people are seen as the bride of Christ. We have his everlasting covenant where we are one with him. There will come a day when we are raised from the dead and given new life when the new heaven and new earth become one.
In the meantime we are to live now as it will be then. The future comes to us in the present as we are called to anticipate what God is going to do in the future with our acts now. Acts of justice where we bring God’s fairness, acts of mercy where we bring his graciousness, acts of beauty that lift up what is good and right, and acts of truth which last far beyond.
When have you experienced some “heaven on earth?” What was it like?