A City Not Made with HandsJanuary 7, 2007
Hebrews 13:14 “For here have we no continuing, but we seek one to come.”
Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
This is a topic that is mentioned in other posts, both here and on the other site, but it has never been more critical to keep our eyes and hearts on the world to come. As for me, I get almost overwhelmed at times when I read the last two chapters of revelation. When you think about that place where all of the saints will be gathered together with Jesus. To know that there will be no more trials, no more tears, no more heartache, no more wicked devices that seek your demise, and no more moments of feeling as though you’re all alone in the world. Two things to think on. They’re things that we already know, but sometimes writing something down or reading it helps to solidify the thought.
( 1 ) All these things WILL come to pass. This physical realm, the earth, the moon, the stars, even the majestic galaxies that the Lord hangs on nothing; all of it will, at the appointed time, cease to exist. All of mans treasures, all of his monuments to self, all of his most vaunted feats of engineering will come to be no more. We have on our property, an old country schoolhouse. The back part, we use to house the goats. The main portion, however, is gradually coming down; a little more each year. This is a favorite place of prayer after feeding the goats. As I watch all of the careful craftsmanship of an earlier generation gradually return to the earth, this thought constantly comes to mind. It will all come to pass. Just like the schoolhouse that was once a vibrant place full of children playing, running, and preparing for the future. This world will melt with a fervent heat.
II Corinthians 4:17-18 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh in us a far more exceeding weight of glory. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
( 2 ) The world to come is everlasting. I cannot imagine living without a clock, a callender, or any device that’s used to record the passing of time. I know how simple this is, but we really need to get this into our heart of hearts. Its one of those things that our mind will comprehend right away, but it takes longer to get into the heart. To have our treasures laid up in heaven and to not be overcharged with this fleeting life. To really love those who are all around us with the love of Christ and to strive all the more diligently to be about our Fathers business. I know that I have room for improvement here. To be a good ambassador for Christ who paid the sin debt of the whole world with his own blood. So that we could abide with him forever.
As I write this at 2:48 am, it seems as though I’m rewriting an earlier post almost word for word. A lot of times I’ll have outlines for posts, but whenI get out here, something else seems pressing. Tonight, urging all to have their heart set on things above seems pressing. I think about the moment when you first see Jesus. When at long last you stand before the very creator of all that is. You look into his eyes and experience love like you never knew on earth; even in your closest moments. Then you look and see the nail prints in his hands. And suddenly you are reminded of a day long ago, in which he went to an old rugged cross. He was ridiclued and mocked by the very ones that he had created. He was despised and beaten without mercy. They taunted him saying “If you be the Christ come down from the cross.” He could have not only come down but could have consumed them all. But he didn’t. He endured the cross; despising the shame. And now, as a result, you are here forever in an everlasting paradise of joy and peace.
Revelation 21:1-4 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
This time is coming. I need to close this out for now, but I pray that we would just stay awake, stay watchful, and keeping our eyes on Jesus at all times. Don’t let the storms of this life, the sorrows, or the disappointments get you down. These things will all come to pass and forever lies just ahead.