Advent 3.7: Peace of Heaven

Light all three purple candles.
Read: Revelation 21:1-4

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 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.”

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There is one more kind of peace that comes from the first and second comings of our Lord Jesus. This peace is what I am calling the “peace of heaven.” It is the knowledge and actualization of death as not the end of life itself, but instead as the end of life’s struggles and worry. When we die, our troubles die with us. They do not continue into heaven. Heaven is a place where God Himself dwells, so there is no sin, suffering or death there. I doubt if there will be any regret, either — at least not regret tied to sin. Hurts and pains will be gone, as will ill-timed words and malicious actions. All that will remain are the good works that a man earned on earth. Paul said everything else would be burned up like straw in a furnace (1 Cor. 3:10-15).

In heaven there will be peace, a lasting peace. It is worth hoping for and planning for. For one day it will become a reality. Amen?

— Be God’s.

Sample Prayer

“Our Father in heaven, we light this candle to thank You for your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, who is the Prince of Peace. We who were once alienated from You by our sin have now been reconciled to You through the blood of Your Son. And now He is our peace both pertaining to salvation and to life. We thank you for this peace in His holy name. Amen.“

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