And [the angel] . . . showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. Revelation 21:10-11
We sometimes hear people say, “It’s not perfect, but it’s the best of all possible worlds.” That phrase “the best of all possible worlds” was first used by the German philosopher Leibniz in 1710 in a work in which he attempted to justify the goodness of God and evil in the world. But given what we know from Scripture there is a much better world coming.
When the apostle John saw the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1–22:6), he saw the best of the biblical world: the Garden of Eden, Jerusalem, and the temple—all reflecting God’s glory at various times. Like Eden, there will be a tree of life in the New Jerusalem. Like Jerusalem, the city will have beautiful walls and gates. And like the temple, God Himself will dwell in its midst. Finally, for all eternity, we will dwell in the best of all possible worlds.
Are you anticipating living in this glorious new city? It is the inheritance of all who belong to Christ.
To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Jonathan Edwards