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Revelation 22:1-5 – The New Jerusalem

Summary

In the new Jerusalem stands the tree of life. It is a place of perpetual light, where the people of God worship God and the Lamb face-to-face.

Analysis

The river of the water of life flows through the streets of the new Jerusalem. The imagery recalls promises from Ezekiel 47:1-12 and Zechariah 14:8, showing that God will be true to God's word. Within the city stands the tree of life. According to Genesis, the tree of life stood in the garden of Eden, but people were sent away from the garden and the tree because of their sin (Genesis 2:9; 3:22-24). The vision of the new Jerusalem holds the promise that the consequences of sin can be overcome, so that people can find true life in right relationship with God. Such life begins in faith, but its future is endless life in the presence of God. Therefore, the visions in Revelation culminate with the redeemed joining in worship before the throne of the God who created them and Christ the Lamb who redeems them.

Revelation 22:1-5

The River of Life

22Then the angel* showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life* with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants* will worship him; 4they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever.

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