Revelation 19:7 says, “Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” Verse 21:2 says, “I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem…prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
The Marriage of the Lamb
Verse 19:7 announces the marriage of the Lamb. Verse 19:9 adds, “Blessed are they who are called to the marriage dinner of the Lamb.” Because of this marriage, New Jerusalem is “the bride, the wife of the Lamb” (21:9-10) and the Lamb is the Husband (21:2). This is the conclusion of John the Baptist’s word in John 3 that Jesus Christ as the Bridegroom must increase.
The Temple is the Lamb
John saw no temple in New Jerusalem because “the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple” (21:22). We, as slaves of God and of the Lamb, will serve Him as priests, and we will serve in Him, not in a physical temple.
The Lamp is the Lamb
Revelation 21:23 says that New Jerusalem “has no need of the sun or of the moon that they should shine in it, for the glory of God illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.” There is no need of created light in the city because the glory of God is much brighter. God is in Christ, the Lamb, and the glory of God radiates through the Lamb, who is the lamp of the city.
The Enthroned Lamb
The center of New Jerusalem is “the throne of God and of the Lamb” (22:1, 3) from which flows the river of water of life with the tree of life. When we are living in His kingdom, under His headship, the living water flows. This flow of life to us, in us, and through us is based on the Lamb’s redemption. Not only in New Jerusalem but also today we hold to Him as our Head from whom comes the rich supply for our growth in the divine life and our building together as His Body.