Revelation 22:1-5 – The New Jerusalem
SummaryIn 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.
AnalysisThe 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.