With this verse, the scene and our future head into a totally new adventure. It seems like the physical and the spiritual for us are fused together as never before. This universe John sees is either a brand new one or one that has been so divinely refurbished, that it fully deserves to be called new. It is very different from the planet we know today. For one thing, there is no sea, no oceans. This does not mean there will be no water, for it will be significantly present, but not in the same way.
The apostle then mentions another item never before seen by human eye: a city, called the new Jerusalem, floating down from space! It approaches the new earth ceremoniously, as a beautiful bride walks towards her future husband.
As it descends, the apostle hears a powerful voice, booming from heaven with an announcement: God’s dwelling place will be among His redeemed. He will no longer be invisible and untouchable. He will live among His children personally and permanently. The family of God will forever be together, with Him.
He will wipe away all tears. This may be because at that moment there are tears to wipe away, or, it may simply be a way of saying there will never again be any. Either way, death has been banished forever, so all sorrow, all crying, and all pain disappear for good. These ugly companions, so intricately a part of our human pilgrimage that it is difficult to conceive of life without them, are gone.
Indeed, the best is still to come!