TEXT: Revelation 22:1-5
1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
The Free State of Glory (Part 21)
R.C. Sproul said, “Revelation is designed not only to inform and assure Christians about God’s final purposes, but to increase their longing for God and the realization of His purpose. The certainty of that consummation comforts saints during times of temptation and persecution.”
Not a single day passes without a reminder that we live in a sin-cursed world. The strangeness of death, sickness, loss, and grief, not to mention the persistent feeling for many that life isn’t fair, repeatedly inform us that something isn’t quite right with our world. This not-rightness came about as a result of sin. We often think that God punished Adam and Eve, and thus the whole human race, as a result of their disobedience. But the aftermath of the Fall was more than simple punishment; the whole earth, the entire ecosystem, reacted to the entrance of sin into our world. That’s why we have famine and pestilence, drought and natural disasters. The earth itself is broken.
But, one day, God intends to fix all that. Right now, He is in the process of fixing His people, those of us who have accepted the sacrifice of His Son on the cross. While we still experience the effects of sin, we are no longer under the curse of sin. Christ redeemed us from that. But, not only is God fixing His creatures, but He will fix creation itself. This old world will pass away, and the new heavens and the new earth will be brought forth. And in the new world, “there shall be no more curse.” We will not simply escape the curse; the curse itself — and sin, the source of the curse — will be eradicated.
But God won’t just remove the curse. He will bring a blessing in its place. The great sign of the removal of the curse is that “the throne of God and of the Lamb of God shall be in” the New Jerusalem where God’s people will reside. God had to withdraw Himself from man when the curse fell. But, in the New Jerusalem, we will once again, like Adam, be able to walk daily in His presence. Every regret, every painful circumstance will be remembered no more . There will be no more curse. Only the light and life and love of God and His children in His celestial city.
S.L. Cuthbert wrote:
We dwell this side of Jordan stream,
Yet often there comes a shining beam
Across from yonder shore;
While visions of a holy throng,
And sound of harp and seraph song
Seem gently wafted over.
The other side! No curse is there
So bright the robes those blest ones wear,
Made white in Jesus’ blood;
No cry of grief, no voice of woe,
To mar the peace their spirits know —
Their constant peace with God.
The other side! its shore so bright
Is radiant with the golden light
Of Zion’s city fair;
And many dear ones gone before
Already tread the happy shore —
We seem to see them there.
The other side! oh, cheering sight —
In cloudless, everlasting light,
For me a loved One waits;
Over the stream He calls to me —
‘Fear not, I your Guide will be,
Up to the pearly gates.’
If you want to live in a place free from the curse of sin, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.