“Cutting to the Chase” Meditations 31: The New City
Heb 11:16c “he has prepared a city for them.”
As we conclude this series of basics or fundamentals of the Faith, we have to ask ourselves, where is it all leading us, where is God going with us, what is His end goal for us? Most of us – me included – rarely, I believe, live with this perspective, we tend to live more for today, what is happening to me this day, but perhaps that is our loss, for once we truly capture this picture I believe it will establish a new solidity in who we are, and where we are going.
So this does finally take us into eternity, this is what the end of the passage we have been considering these past few days in Hebrews 11 is all about, this is where it takes us. Perhaps we need to have the whole verse before us: “Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” This, remember, refers to all these people who have been living by faith, sensing they were aliens in this present world, destined for a better world, one to come.
This IS our ultimate goal, our final resting place, a place of wonder, peace, healing, and unity with the Lord. But a city, the new Jerusalem He will bring (Rev 21:2), is a place of community, of sharing together. Whatever the reality of the life on ‘the other side’ it is a place of communication, of community, of coming together in a harmony unknown this side of death. Don’t fear “death swallowed by triumphant Life” (1 Cor 15:55 Msg) for this life is merely the entrance hall to the great experience that He has planned for us from before time, His ultimate wonderful, glorious goal. Hallelujah!
Let’s focus this some more. In the 2020/21 years of the Covid Pandemic, there was an interesting illustration for us. If we were fortunate enough to live in the West we probably received two vaccine shots, if not an additional booster one. Now if we travel abroad one of the things asked of us – when borders did eventually open – was, “Are you Covid vaccinated?” The immigration authorities wanted to know, “Are you a different person, a person with immunity?” What an amazing picture when it comes to heaven. Imagine arriving at the gates of heaven to be greeted by an angel. “Excuse me, do you have the Holy Spirit?” That is the key, for we received Him when we confessed, repented, and were justified by the blood of Jesus and were born again of the Holy Spirit, “who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance,” (Eph 1:14) So yes, we are, at ‘immigration’, a different person, a person with immunity (from judgement). Live in that reality, know that as the truth; we have a destiny guaranteed by the work of Jesus and the presence of his Holy Spirit! Hallelujah!