Idea: The Lord God is in the midst of His people bringing about a glorious transformation. The transformation has an eternal reality that is reflected in our lives now. Because of this, we learn to live as pilgrims in this world, with our hearts set on the heavenly kingdom of Jesus Christ.
Intro: These last verses of IS 60 bear a striking resemblance to the vision the apostle John had in Rev. 21 about the New Jerusalem. Central to both is the fact that there is no need for the sun because the Lord is the source of life.
1. Changeless light (vs. 19-20) 2. The New Jerusalem (vs. 17-18) 3. No more sorrow (vs. 20) 4. Days of righteousness (vs. 21) 5. One shall become a thousand (vs. 22)
Conclusion, Paul speaks about living out our heavenly citizenship. It leads us to persevere under trials because we know that God has laid hold of us for a reason, and He won't let go until we've finished the race. That makes the trials of this world to seem what they really are, light and momentary. It makes the heavenly reality seem what it really is, a weight of glory. It makes the stuff of this world find its proper place, as gifts from the creator, not the sum and substance of our being. All of this life comes to be seen in that everlasting light of Christ that has risen in our hearts, leading us to know that our heavenly reality, our heavenly destination is to live with Jesus, is actually a reality enjoyed right now.
God transforms everything. The presence of God with His people transforms everything. We must look not at the changing circumstances of our lives, but to the unchanging love of God for us. However, the last 2 points of the sermon are missing.