Continuing our study of Revelation 21.
Revelation 21:2 ‘I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.’
Jerusalem, in both its heavenly and earthly forms, lies at the very heart of scripture.
Hebrews 12:22 ‘But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, to the city of the living God.’
The heavenly Jerusalem reveals the vibrant community that dwells in the courts.
Hebrews 12:22a ‘You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the first-born, whose names are written in heaven.’
And God is seated right at the very centre.
Hebrews 12:23 ‘You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.’
The earthly Jerusalem, situated at the heart of Israel, is also at the centre of God’s focus.
It was here, on Mount Moriah, that Abraham took his son to be sacrificed, here that the first and second temple were built, and here, outside the gates, where Christ Jesus was crucified for the sins of the world.
God has chosen Jerusalem out of all the magnificent cities of this world, by pure grace.
She certainly did not deserve to be chosen.
Isaiah 1:21 ‘See how the faithful city has become a harlot!
But yet God will bring tribulation to her doors.
Isaiah 1:25 ‘I will turn my hand against you, I Will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities.’
And Jerusalem will be redeemed.
Isaiah 1:26a ‘Afterwards you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City.’
The earthly Jerusalem will be transformed into the heavenly Jerusalem when the heavenly Jerusalem comes down to earth. Christ Jesus will bring this heavenly transformation when he returns in power and glory.
God will gather His whole family together in His glorious heavenly City here on earth.
Revelation 21:3 ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men and He will live with them. They will be His people and God himself will be with them and be their God.’
Thank you for reading this…
- Revelation 21:22 The light of JerusalemJerusalem will be the centre of the world and the nations will tithe their wealth to Jesus. Previously, the kings of the earth have rebelled against Christ Jesus and Jerusalem but now they pay homage.
- Revelation 21:9 ‘From a mountain…’This describes the city as having twelve visible foundations, and this suggests it is a stepped pyramid construction. The city would have twelve levels, decreasing in size, each one built on its own foundation, ascending to form a pyramid with the top level being the apex of the city.
- Revelation 21:6 He who is thirstyThe goods of this world will crumble in our hands, swept away by the latest flood or fire, but the riches of God’s kingdom will stand forever.
- Revelation 21:4 Changes coming…Life holds its fair share of tragedies and these words are a soothing balm to those who have held on and endured. The world will not remain the same and the cruelties of life are not our destiny. The curse that has cast such a deep shadow upon this world, caused by the sin of man, will pass away and the blessing of redemption will shine its goodness upon the righteous in Christ Jesus for all eternity.
- Revelation 21:3 The New JerusalemWe discussed yesterday that God is bringing us all together, like the proud father that He is. Many of us will be centred at the New Jerusalem and many will live away but yet return on frequent pilgrimages to our new home city. For many of us, our present time is one of suffering and tribulation but this time will pass away and we will enter into an eternity of blessing. And it will have been so worth remaining faithful!