Sunday, January 13, 2008
Heaven Can Wait
“And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.” Revelation 21:16
John the Revelator saw the Blessed City, and his inspiring description stirs our deepest longings and highest hopes. For there, in that Exalted Place, the Lord answers the human cry for equality. There are no districts in heaven -- up town, down town; urban, suburbs; upper-class, middle-class, lower-class. While a proverbial train may take us to glory, there are no tracks in that blessed land; so no "wrong side of the tracks" for any one ever.
Equality. The word comes from the Latin term meaning level. We would say "a level playing field" meaning that it is fair for all participants. Nothing is slanted toward one over another; no unfair or unjust advantages. In heaven we all agree. In heaven we are equal -- we are like in quality, nature, and dignity. There we are free from extremes, tranquil in mind and mood; not vying for supremacy or dominance, nor beach-front property.
The size of the City is also wondrous. One mathematician calculated from John’s descriptions that it is three billion square miles in size! That means there is room for YOU! It is interesting to note that this same measurement is applied to Christ’s love. Paul the Apostle prays that we may be able “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph 3:16-19).
Heaven will be a place where we each experience the full measure of the vast love of God. Yet we don't have to wait for Heaven; God's love is ours NOW. Remember, Jesus taught us to pray -- "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is heaven." We can live now as Citizens of that Place, and bring its bright influence into all the dark and desperate places in our fallen world.