New Jerusalem, the Wife of the Lamb

New Jerusalem, wife of the LambAs the consummation of all the Bible verses pointing to the eternal marriage, in Revelation 21:2 John says, “I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem…prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” In 21:9 an angel said to John, “Come here; I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And in 21:10 John says that the angel “showed me the holy city, Jerusalem.”

The Lamb is our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. In New Jerusalem He is the Husband, He and God are the temple (21:22), He is the Lamp through whom God’s glory is shining (21:23), and He and God are on the throne (22:3).

The city, New Jerusalem, is the bride and wife of Jesus Christ. It is a living city, composed of all God’s people throughout the ages. This corporate people is married to Him.

This marriage fulfills the picture of Adam and Eve in Genesis 2; the Lord’s word in Exodus 20; His words through Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Hosea; His speaking about Himself as the Bridegroom in the gospels; and the reality of the husband and wife in Ephesians 5.

Because New Jerusalem is the consummation of everything positive in the Bible, the characteristics of the city should (to some extent) be our experience today. The characteristics shown in the verses above are first, we take Him (the Lamb) as our Redeemer; because of His wonderful death, we can pray to receive forgiveness of sins from Him, and to thank Him for this forgiveness.

Second, He should be enthroned in our heart, or, as Ephesians 3 says, by prayer for the Spirit’s strengthening He can make home in our heart. Third, we should seek Him and come to Him daily as our temple. Fourth, we ask for His shining in us and through us. May the Lord keep us in His mercy that we may have these experiences as a foretaste of New Jerusalem as the wife of the Lamb.

Photo by Randy Roberts, courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

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