Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Revelation 21:2
“Unbelievable!” is one of those expressions in our culture that is often used without a lot of forethought. If an athlete is interviewed following a victory in a championship game, he may say, “It was unbelievable!” But it is entirely believable since the scoreboard says they just won the game!
We are tempted to say “Unbelievable!” when we read the description of the eternal New Jerusalem in Revelation 21. Since no one has seen the New Jerusalem (except for the apostle John in a vision), such a city might indeed seem unbelievable. But therein lies the crux of the matter. In the Christian life we don’t see in order to believe; we believe in order to see. God asks us to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). Even though we have not yet seen the New Jerusalem, we believe it is true because it is described in Scripture. We walk by faith in God’s promises, faith leading us to eventually see what we have believed.
Are you looking forward to living in the New Jerusalem? Read Revelation 21, and instead of saying “Unbelievable!” say “Believable!”
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” Augustine