IT IS BY GRACE, THROUGH FAITH

Every Kind of Jewel for the Bride

Every Kind of Jewel for the Bride

Apr 8, 2020

 

 

 

 

Our family came together last month for the funeral of a dear friend of the family, Mary-Lou. Even with the alarm of covid19 the whole funeral celebration rang with the testimony of her vibrant faith, her love for God and all people.  After the committal we were invited to a luncheon that displayed a colorful collage on the ceiling of the banquet hall.   The image on the ceiling made me think of the celebration of the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven – adorned as a Bride for the Lamb.

Easter is a celebration of life over death, the union Christ won for his people forever.  Because he lives we can be assured of no more sorrow, nor suffering or dying, but joy and gladness at the fulfillment of our faith.  May the testimony of your faith sparkle with glorious hope today, even in the face of all the looming sickness and sadness around us.  The Bible ends with a vision of St. John of the LORD Jesus preparing His bride for an eternal display of glory – coming soon to a theater near you.  Keep looking up!

Revelation 21:9-14, 18-21

Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, 11having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed— 13on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

 18The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald,20the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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