The Greatest Far Country
I saw a new heaven and a new earth.
Here is the fairest vista of all after the vision of the Fair King – the life beyond, all eternity “with the Lord.” It is the person who makes the place. Paradise, heaven, the new earth, there is much we do not understand about these, but we know that He said, “Today shalt thou be with me.” “Where I am, there ye may be also.”
For the new creature in Christ “old things are passed away” – the old things of sin. John saw a new heaven and earth, “for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away” – the old creation has gone. He also observed that “there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” The Christian outlasts all that went with the old Adam, for he belongs to the new creation of the last Adam. “The world passeth away and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.”
Just as we first see, then serve, the King in the Far County of the Christian life and the Far Country of Christian witnessing, so in the greatest Far Country of all, the world beyond, “his servants shall serve him.” Not a glorified vacation but a glorious vocation; no longer hindered by the limitations of the old Adam, we shall see Him as He is and serve Him as we should.