You may well be wondering what the connection is between what I have just written and what I have quoted from Scripture! Well, there is indeed a connection and a wonderful truth here in this passage as the writer begins to describe this beautiful city descending from heaven to earth.
It is indeed an illustration of the dwelling place of God, His beloved Son, and His people. It is a place of unsurpassable beauty and glory, of joy and peace, where sorrow is unknown. It is such a place of wonder and beauty because He is there and the centre of it. Now, there is perpetual light in that wonderful place but if you were there right now you wouldn't find it in the sky. This is the kind of light that will reveal colours and beauties the eye has never seen before. The glory of God shines in all its splendour there and the Lamb of God, that is the Lord Jesus Himself is the light thereof. There is no need of the sun – there!
What an encouragement to know that He who is to be the centre and light of the future new heavens and earth has also taken up His abode within the hearts of all those who have truly trusted in Him. He lives within those who are truly 'born of God'!
Then it occurred to me that I do not need to ‘see the sun' to get through my day! We take for granted the pathway of the sun across the sky each day and the light of the moon at night but the face of these are changing all the time: sometimes you see them and sometimes you don't! However when He is the centre of our little lives we have ‘no need of the sun'; for He is the light thereof. In fact He is the joy, and the strength, and the comfort thereof also!
He who has promised to His own people: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee,” (Hebrews 13: 5) is more than able and sufficient to keep us. We have no need for ‘props' or others upon which to lean. David the King of Israel said: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” (Psalm 23: 1) Which has been lovingly translated as follows: “Because the Lord is my shepherd, I have everything I need” May be this is why the writer to the Hebrews wrote these words: