Near the end of the book of Revelation we read about the new Jerusalem in the age to come (ch. 21), when our hope will be realised: living face-to-face with God! John describes it like this: “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.” It’s a picture of glory and sheer splendour, the sun dimmed to insignificance in comparison with the presence of God. Awesome. The bit that puzzles us though is when John writes, “and the kings of the earth will bring their splendour into it.” He really means it too, because he says again, “The glory and honour of the nations will be brought into it.” But what splendour, what glory, what honour could a person possibly bring—even one as wealthy as a king—if the glory of God is already there giving it light, and the Lamb is its lamp? None, surely… Yet, unlikely as it seems, God indeed intends for us, the bride of Christ, to enter the gates not only justified by faith in Christ, but glorified in Christ, and so dressed in the garments of glory—his glory, reflected and shared in us.