Revelation 21:1-6 (NRSV)
1 Then I saw a
new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth
had passed away, and the sea was no more.
2 And I saw the
holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard
a loud voice from the throne saying, "See, the home of God
is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
4 he will wipe
every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and
crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed
5 And the one
who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things
new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy
6 Then he said
to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning
and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the
spring of the water of life.
John 13: 31-35 (NRSV)
31 When he had
gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man has been glorified,
and God has been glorified in him.
32 If God has
been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and
will glorify him at once.
33 Little children,
I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as
I said to the Jews so now I say to you, "Where I am going,
you cannot come.'
34 I give you
a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved
you, you also should love one another.
35 By this everyone
will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."