Day 7 This is where we belong.
This is the last of a series of seven mini-articles focusing on the idea that heaven will not be 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.
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Many have moved from having a vision of a disembodied abstract heaven up in the clouds where everyone twangs on harps all day long, to a much more down-to-earth vision of the reign of Christ Jesus on earth.
This has not diluted for one moment the sheer beauty of the Kingdom that is to come but simply made it more real…more actual. The expression ‘down-to-earth’ does not take away the glory and the indescribable beauty of what is to come.
Within the Kingdom, everyone will have the perfect opportunity to discover, grow and express their given gifts and talents, as they serve the King and the people. The spirit of worship will be divine and the spirit of community will be heart-warming . Every day will be kissed with expectation, as fresh and as invigorating as a crisp Spring morning, but yet bathed in a caressing golden sunshine.
Revelation 22:1 ‘Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb, down the middle of the great street of the city.’
The new Jerusalem, with its golden streets and tree-lined crystal clear river, flowing from the throne of God, will be beyond words. One day we will walk along these gentle avenues and know that it has all been worthwhile.
Revelation 21:21 ‘The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.’
The gold of the street of the city will be as real and as meaningful as the band of gold on the finger of a married person.
The Holy City is neither a metaphor nor a symbol nor an allegory, nor anything else, but the most beautiful city where God has chosen to dwell and where He has invited us to dwell with Him.
Psalm 84:10 ‘Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.’
This is real. This is worth persevering for. This is worth dying for.
This is where we belong.
Hasten the day….