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August 30 – The new Jerusalem

“God Himself will be with them and be their God.” – Revelation 21:3 

Scripture reading: Revelation 21:1-27; Ephesians 5:25-32; Song of Songs 6:1-3

“With this ring, I thee wed. With my body, I thee worship. And with all my worldly goods, I thee endow.” These wedding vows were used regularly many years ago. They may strike us now as a little over the top. With my body, I thee worship? With all my worldly goods I thee endow? What happens if things don’t work out?

But the marriage of a bride and groom on earth is just a pale reflection of the marriage between Christ and His church. When that great, final day comes, Jesus will take us to Himself with a love that surpasses all others. He will give Himself to us in an intimacy that words cannot express, though Revelation 21 comes close. He will be ours, and we will be His. What we have yearned for and felt was missing since the beginning of time. Christ will satisfy to the uttermost.

In gaining Christ, all His ‘worldly’ goods become ours. Death and sorrow, crying and pain are destroyed forever as He triumphs over the grave. The water of life graces the wine glasses upon each table at His wedding feast. In the presence of her groom, the church shines in a glory never witnessed here on earth. For Christ, this was always His plan. For Christ, His work in her is complete. He has made her without spot and blemish, and He rejoices in her splendour as she greets Him.

Suggestions for prayer

Soon and very soon we are going to see the King. O Lord, haste the day!

Pastor Greg Bylsma is a graduate of Mid-America Reformed Seminary, and he is currently serving at the Living Water Reformed Church in Brantford, Ontario. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at

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