The bride belongs only to the bridegroom
~ John 3:29 ~
John's descriptions of the future (in
the book of Revelation) steal your breath.
His depiction of the final battle is
graphic. Good clashes with evil.
The sacred encounters the sinful. The pages
howl with the shrieks of dragons and
smolder with the coals of fiery pits.
But in the midst of the battlefield there
is a rose. John describes it in chapter 21.
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for
In this final mountaintop encounter, God
pulls back the curtain and allows the warrior
to peek into the homeland. When given
the task of writing down what he sees,
John chooses the most beautiful comparison
earth has to offer. The Holy City, John says,
is like "a bride beautifully dressed for