A Down-To-Earth Heaven part four

Day 4  The Father Provides

This is the fourth in a series of seven mini-articles focusing on the idea that heaven will be not an abstract disembodied place above the stars but rather a glorious down-to-earth Kingdom, here on a restored planet earth, with Christ Jesus ruling and reigning from his throne in Jerusalem.

To start at the beginning, at the first post of this series, please click here.

Please either listen to the four minute audio above or read the notes below, or both at the same time!

The Good Father has always been concerned with earthly concerns. When we are hungry he provides food, when we are cold he provides shelter.

When the Lord Jesus establishes his glorious kingdom on earth then he will not allow his children to live in tents or sleep on the bare earth.  He has prepared the most beautiful of cities for us all to dwell in.

Revelation 22:3a  ‘The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city and His servants will serve Him.’

The City of God will house His throne and it will simply radiate with His glory.

Revelation 21:10  ‘And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.’

God who is faithful will not promise us such a beautiful city in scripture and then, at the last moment, substitute a metaphorical tent. He who has promised a beautiful city will not provide a bed-roll instead. Jerusalem will be a testimony to His faithful promises and His tender care..

Those of us who have known homelessness and the psychological damage caused by the lack of a home will identify and appreciate this.

Abraham knew enough about living in tents that blew away with the next Saharan dust storm. He was seeking a more rooted and permanent dwelling place.

Hebrews 11:10  ‘For he was looking forward to the city with foundations whose architect and builder is God.

The Holy City, Jerusalem, will be firmly planted by God as the centre of this earth from where Jesus will rule and reign. His beloved children will live in this city and also travel the earth, according to God’s purposes and desires.

But wherever we may travel, our hearts will always be looking back to Jerusalem, the most beautiful golden city, radiant in all its glory!

Psalm 48  ‘Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise in the city of our God, his holy mountain. It is beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth.’

Thank you for reading this. Tomorrow we explore how God brings His beautiful city and His beloved children together.

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