“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:2-4 )
There is, I think, poetic justice for these verses being on the day Christmas Eve. According to anecdotal stories Jesus was born early Christmas morning, when the star of Bethlehem was at its brightest. And this same light could be the light of the new Jerusalem coming. This verse also talks about God coming to men again as he did that early Christmas morning, and the promise that Christ as the infant Jesus brought is renew with the coming of God and the Holy City. Yes, verses fitting for this day that anticipates the coming of light from heaven.
And one could also get misty-eyed at if all, if it were not for remembering that the coming of the Holy City is the end of this time and this world. If one were to forget that the coming of God this time is for judgment and not just a reminder and help for how one ought to live. If one could only forget or put aside the images of the battle in heaven, the suffering of the saints, and the vengeance of the Lord, the coming of the Holy City could be serene and pastoral.
But fear not gentle reader; this Christmas Eve day is not the final day of waiting for the judging Lord. This is a day spent waiting for Christ Jesus, who in his tiny hand is clutching hope for the world. May you spend Christmas Eve in joyful wonder and hope, with family and/or friends waiting for our savior to be born anew in our hearts. Selah!