The New Jerusalem

“The New Jerusalem”
A reflection on Revelation 21:23
Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year C)
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Yerushalaim is the transliteration of Jerusalem. Click phonetics for the pronunciation of Yerushalaim.

He took me in spirit to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. It gleamed with the splendor of God. Its radiance was like that of a precious stone, like jasper, clear as crystal. It had a massive, high wall, with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationed and on which names were inscribed, the names of the twelve tribes of the Israelites. There were three gates facing east, three north, three south, and three west. The wall of the city had twelve courses of stones as its foundation, on which were inscribed the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God almighty and the Lamb. The city had no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gave it light, and its lamp was the Lamb. 

Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23

In mystical and poetic language, the splendor of the new world in which God will be all in all bedazzles in the Book of Revelation.

Isaiah prophesied of old:

No longer shall the sun
be your light by day,
Nor shall the brightness of the moon
give you light by night;
Rather, the Lord will be your light forever,
your God will be your glory.

Isaiah 60:19

No sun or moon will shine
in the new Yerushalaim
For the Lamb will be our lamp
beyond transient time.

2 Replies to “The New Jerusalem”

  1. Dear GMC, as we learn about and yearn for the New Jerusalem your reflections continue to bedazzle and awaken our spirit and bring us comfort and hope! For all that you do for us, prayers and blessings to you!

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