From the Evangelist Desk. March edition 2012.
Science Fiction or what?
I dreamt that I found myself standing in a strange land. The sand and dust beneath my feet was of an orange colour, deep and rich. There were, what I like to call puff blue clouds in the sky. The sky was a deep rich blue, with a bright yellow sun, but not like the sun I found so familiar back home. In this place where in fact was home? I had no idea. I thought this place is not home, not home as I knew it anyway. My understanding of what the earth looked like even in areas that I had not explored, and believe me they were many, did not match what I was witnessing now.
Strangely, I did not feel afraid, or scared, or out of place. Even though I stood somewhere totally alien to me, I felt more at home than I had ever done in my life. Why was that? I just don’t know, all was right with the world, but by the same token nothing was right at all. Where was I? What was this place? And why did I feel so at home?
I surveyed the land around me, and noticed a large ragged crater in the ground. It went a long way down, ragged and rough, like someone or something had pulled a giant tree out of the ground and not back filled with soil.
Suddenly the bright yellow sun was blocked from my view. A large shadow formed on the ground. I looked up. I could not believe my eyes, it was like something out of a science fiction saga. There hovering in the sky above me was a wondrously huge air born city. Bright and glistening. Looking as though it were made with all kinds of jewels and precious stones. Beneath it there was a ragged formation, as though it had been uprooted from somewhere and was being placed somewhere else. I looked at the ragged formation of the underlying rocks and then looked at the crater I viewed earlier. With a quick inspection I thought to myself, this looks like it could be a perfect fit.
The splendid city then started to descend and much to my joy I was right, it slide effortlessly into the crater void in the ground and once in place you would have thought it had always been there.
I was so joyous because I felt that I was about to enter a wonderful place, where everybody was full of joy and fun that there would not be a tear shed or anyone crying because of loss or need.
I then entered the city and without even trying seemed to stumble upon a fountain of water gushing from the ground. I put my hand out and captured some of the water in the cup of my hand. I drank from my hand and what sensations I felt. Tingling, refreshed like I have never been refreshed before. So much joy at the taste I wanted to shout about it to anyone in earshot.
Then to my mind came:
1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulphur. This is the second death.”
So what do you think? Science fiction? Because we must all agree that God is outside of what we understand of time and space. He is the beginning and the end. And I am at home, with God the Creator, wherever that home may be!
Yours in Christ.