"O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord." These words of the beloved Christmas carol call to mind the birth of Jesus and the shepherds who followed the star in the dark of night, searching for this newborn baby whom they would worship and adore. In this act of worship, we glimpse a foretaste of the eternal life of worship to come. In the heavenly city of God, all of God's children, redeemed citizens of this holy city, will gather around the throne of God and of the Lamb to offer their worship and praise. The face they see will not be the face of a newborn but the face of our crucified and risen Lord. In this holy city, God's presence banishes all darkness. Tears are wiped away; broken lives are made whole; God's creation is redeemed and restored. There is no more night, for the glorious dawn is ever present.
Revelation 22:1-5 (NRSV)
1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
2 through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
3 Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him;
4 they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
5 And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.