A new and better city

We’ve been in Melbourne since Monday. This city seems so different and at the same time so familiar. The signs read in English. The people speak my language. And yet we feel a bit like outsiders. Strangers. Tourists.

It may be our NSW number plates but as we navigate our way around the roads, tram tracks, and train crossings we feel like we’re doing it all wrong.

It’s a good feeling to feel out of our comfort zone. It reminds us that we are citizens of another city. The heavenly one. One where because of Christ’s work for us, we shall never feel like an outsider. Never to feel like we’re not at home. Never to feel like we don’t belong.

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After only a week we’re reminded to long for that city. As nice as Melbourne is… and it is! We look forward to the city of God. The heavenly Jerusalem that will come when our Lord and Saviour comes.

1   Then I saw  a new heaven and a new earth, for  the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw  the holy city,  new Jerusalem,  coming down out of heaven from God,  prepared  as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold,  the dwelling place  of God is with man. He will  dwell with them, and they will be his people,  and God himself will be with them as their God.  4  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and  death shall be no more,  neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

22   And  I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city  has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for  the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 By its light  will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth  will bring their glory into it, 25 and  its gates will never be shut by day—and  there will be no night there. 26 They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27 But  nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s  book of life.

— Chris