“And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.”
(Revelation 21:23 ESV)
Daylight Savings has ended, and the long dark nights of winter are upon us. Last week, late afternoons in my office I could still see the bright and joyful light of the sun pouring through my colored glass office windows. Now, all I see is a grim grey darkness. Times like these I begin to wish for snow again, if just to brighten up the landscape.
I get the whole idea behind Daylight Savings – in an industrial age the shifting of time allowed for greater productivity. What I always find amazing is the way we talk about the time change. We say we lose or gain an hour. We complain about how dark it gets, and how early it gets dark. We say the days are shorter, when technically, it’s just the “day-time,” we still have 24 hours in the day. It’s almost as though each year we forget that this all happened the year before, and the year before that, and so on.
Days like this I am reminded of John’s vision of the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21. There, as the city of God descends out of heaven from God, we find the perfect city, the dwelling place of God with His people. We are told in verses 21 and 22, “And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.” What a vision. No temple. There’s no place you’ll have to go to meet with God, for we will be in His presence, we will see the Lord face to face. There will be no need for the sun or the moon. They may still exist, but they will pale in comparison to the radiant glory of God and the Lamb.
It will be a restoration of creation. Remember back in Genesis 1, on the first day of creation God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light, but it wasn’t until day 4 that God created the sun and the moon and the stars in the heavens. Before there was a sun, there was the Son, who is the light of the world (John 8:12). When Christ returns, and God’s Kingdom is fully realized in all its glory and wonder, the light of His glory shall shine on us, and we will never walk in darkness again.
Now that will be a Daylight Saving.