Then the angel showed me the river of life-giving water, shining like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb through the middle of the city’s main street. On each side of the river is the tree of life, which produces twelve crops of fruit, bearing its fruit each month. The tree’s leaves are for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse. The throne of God and the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. Night will be no more. They won’t need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will shine on them, and they will rule forever and always.
This stunning image of the New Jerusalem, the heavenly city that reflects God’s coming kingdom, captures the reality of what it means to proclaim “Joy to the World.” Our song is not merely about wishful thinking, but about the assurance of the redemption and restoration of all creation! The birth of Jesus, our Savior, is the beginning of the world’s longed for hope, and his death and resurrection are the culmination of blessing that actually reverses the curse of sin and death. And the joy that follows is realized in all of creation. So let heaven and nature sing for joy, and the wonders of his love, because the Lord is come!