While the last chapter we read about the lake of fire and those who will be thrown into it, in this chapter we have a very clear, and popular, rendition of what heaven will be like. Have you ever heard about the pearly gates or that heaven will have streets of gold? Well, this is from where people get that idea. You can see both of these concepts mentioned in vs. 21.
But instead of the physical attributes which describe heaven, I prefer to focus on what will it be like. We can also find that description in this chapter and it is a chapter that I often use for funerals. If you focus on vss. 1-8 you will hear the following promises which I am sure you have heard at some time or another: there will be a new heaven and a new earth, He will wipe away every tear from their eye, there will be no more crying and no more pain, Jesus is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end.
We should be familiar with these promises, we have heard them before. They are comforting while at the same time they are embedded within a description of heaven that many have relied upon to paint a picture of sheer beauty. All of that is true, but the real beauty lies within the fact that once we die all things will be changed. We will receive a new body, there will be a new heaven and a new earth, God will be by our side and never, ever leave us. I choose to rely upon that as my assurance.