It’s easy to fall into the habit of just reading through our Bibles, looking for information or some direct word of encouragement. If we take that approach, we’ll end up missing out on what God has in store for us.
Imagination isn’t typically a skill that’s promoted when we are taught (if we are taught) how to study our Bibles. Most preaching looks at the text for nuggets of truth that church-goers can somehow immediately apply to their lives. However, God gave us powerful minds that can daydream up all sorts of ideas and thoughts. So why shouldn’t we try and use that skill when we read our Bibles?
Let’s use our sanctified imaginations as John describes our future home in the New Jerusalem:
The [angel] who spoke with me had a golden measuring rod to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. The city is laid out in a square; its length and width are the same. He measured the city with the rod at 12,000 stadia. Its length, width, and height are equal.
Verses like these are fairly simple to read over and keep moving. Our first impression is probably something like:
“Yeah, I’m sure it’s pretty big and impressive. Jesus said something about there being many rooms in His Father’s house, right? So, I’m sure New Jerusalem is a decent-sized city.”
Let’s put this into a comparison we can relate to – the New York metro area is the largest urban area on the planet, covering about 3,350 square miles. In comparison, New Jerusalem will cover over 1.9 million square miles…which is over 560 times the size of NYC!
If the boarders of New Jerusalem were placed over a map of the USA, the perimeter would extend from Buffalo, NY to the southern tip of Florida…with the opposite side extending from the Wyoming/Montana border down into Mexico.
If that’s not amazing enough, New Jerusalem is laid out like a square, so it also extends nearly 1,400 miles up! It truly boggles the mind to try and imagine how many people could fit in a place that large…and this is also the city that John just described as being prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.
A city that size…decked out and beautiful beyond anything we can even imagine. This is our future home, prepared by Christ for you, just as He promised:
“Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.”
Just try and wrap your head around the sheer magnitude of what God is going to do…and the absolutely amazing fact that we believers are going to be a part of it. Go ahead…imagine…and then marvel at the future God has planned…let these ideas simmer in your mind.
Thoughts of a future home like this will certainly change our present perspective.