Revelation 21 / by kevin murray

All the wisdom that we need to know, to contemplate on, to pray upon, to meditate with, is contained within Holy Scripture.  God has given us no task in which we cannot but succeed or overcome, if we are willing to listen and to obey the still small voice within.  It is only man, in his ignorance, who sees the body, and believes that this physical body is the be-all, and the end-all of life; but indeed nothing physical can last, only our soul, only our spirit.  No matter what occurs to your body, your soul can never be vanquished; it can only be ultimately absorbed into omnipotent God.


Genesis 3: 17 states: "And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life."  What this means is as follows; that mankind deliberately listened to the voice of its own ego, beguiled into believing that they too could be gods of a sort if they followed the advice of the serpent and tasted the fruits of the path of temptation, as opposed toobeying God's perfect way.   By eating the forbidden fruit, the relationship between Adam & Eve in regards to their Creator had been turned asunder, no more were they immortal beings worthy to be co-heirs to our Lord; they had been reduced to human beings subject to the laws of physical life and death.  Their life could no longer be one of paradisiacal splendor, a garden of love, instead they would have to toil, to labor, and to live within the physical laws of earth which includes suffering, pain, injustice, fear, unfairness, darkness, and ultimately death.


However all was not lost, as Adam & Eve had not been abandoned by God, as His wisdom, His power, His omniscience were still present to be One with Adam & Eve through prayer and contemplation, what had happened to them was that the physical needs of the body had corrupted and now competed with Adam & Eve's ability to draw upon, to listen, and to love their Creator. 


This was not the end as Christ showed us the perfect way back to our Lord, through his willful obedience and surrender to God's Word.  Far from living a life of sensory enjoyment, and ego fulfillment, Christ followed the admonition that each of us has a stark choice to either follow God or to follow mammon.  These choices are fundamentally opposed to each other, and when tempted by Satan and offered dominion over all the kingdoms of the world, he rebuked Satan and broke forever the bonds of Adam & Eve, for now here was a man who would not only overcome physical death, but would resurrect himself and walk the earth again while commencing the Great Commission before ascending to heaven.


Which leads us to Revelation 21:4: "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."  "For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found" Luke 15:24.  Revelation 21:4 is the end of our story, it is man coming back to God, being one with God, it is man overcoming self, it is man regaining paradise, and finally it is man receiving God's total and complete compassion for us, forgiveness of us, and unending and unfailing love for us.