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First Presbyterian Church of Conrad, IA

Coming Full Circle

Revelation 22:1-5

          (1) Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb (2) down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. (3) No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servant will see him. (4) They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. (5) There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

Coming Full Circle

1. The Circle of Life

a) New Heaven and New Earth
          - Currently under construction
          - Made for communion with saints

b) Tree of Life
          - The "heartbeat" of all creation
          - Unlimited access pass

c) Our Savior's Face
          - Light of life
          - His name is on our heads
          - Sharing in Christ's reign

2. What's Missing?

a) Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
          - Evil has been banished
          - Judgement is in the rear-view mirror

b) The "Hidden Garden"
          - Angels with flaming swords to keep humanity "out" are withdrawn
          - Hidden Eden is "reborn"

c) The Consequences of a "Fallen" Creation Removed
          - No pain, sorrow, doubt, isolation
          - Intimacy, innocence restored

3. Got Your Reservation?

a) Robes Washed and Ready
          - (22:14) Washed robes a symbol of forgiveness in Christ
          - Access pass to the Tree of Life

b) Time for a Walk in the Garden
          - Time is eternal - walks in the garden with the Creator, one another are restored
          - No hurry to enjoy the beauty and wonder of God and all He has made

c) Have You Accepted His Invitation?
          - Spirit and Bride say, "Come!" (v 17)
          - Drink deeply from the water of life

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