Picture this: A city shaped like a cube that covers the United States from the Atlantic coast to the middle of Kansas, and from Texas to the Canadian border-1,400 miles long, wide, and high. It covers about two million square miles of land; but because it’s a cube with room for about 600 “floors”, all total it has 1.2 billion square miles of living space. That’s the city the Bible calls the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2).
Sometimes people wonder whether there will be room in heaven for all the millions of believers destined to go there. Based on the above dimensions, it would appear so! The New Jerusalem is not heaven-it’s a city in heaven that will serve as the “capital” of heaven. In it are the thrones of God and the Lamb, a river of the water of life, and the tree of life: food, water, and Jesus Christ-everything needed to live forever. The question is not whether there will be room in the New Jerusalem for everyone-there will be-but rather, will you be there? Jesus has invited you to join Him there.
Commentary from the Pathways Devotional by David Jeremiah, May 11.
The city is laid out as a square;
its length is as great as its breadth.
And he measured the city with the reed:
twelve thousand furlongs.
Its length, breadth, and height are equal.
Sustaining life to the moon and back,
this is what man can do.
Buying and selling men, women and children for the love of money, greed,
this is what man can do.
The heights of heaven and the depths of hell-
this is where man is and where man will be.
but they set an ambush
to kill themselves;
they attack their own lives.
Such are the paths of all
who pursue gain dishonestly;
it takes the lives of those
who profit from it.
“We are to make ourselves ready by making sure our faith is sincere.” The One Year NIV Devotional NT, Feb 1, notes for Matthew 13:24-35
After He had said this, He was taken up
as they were watching,
and a cloud received Him
out of their sight.
While He was going,
they were gazing into heaven,
and suddenly two men in white clothes
stood by them.
They said, “Men of Galilee,
why do you stand looking up into heaven?”
If a good God exists, it’s likely He would cut through the mire of sin and the haze of religious ambiguity by revealing Himself in human history. Jesus of Nazareth made radical claims of divinity that other world religious leaders never made. And He rose from the dead, confirming those claims.
Paul Copan, HCSB Apologetics Study Bible (2007), pg. 1199
He is patient with you,
not wanting anyone to perish,
but everyone to come to repentance.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way,
what kind of people ought you to be?
2 Peter 3:9b, 11a
We all know time is precious. So what do you do to keep time from robbing you-from stealing your life from you? We can make the most of each moment. After all, we decide the amount of time we are willing to waste. Many times we have much more time than we realize. I’ve learned the hard way to not look at what time I don’t have, but instead at the amount of time that I ‘spend’ on meaningless things. Track that for a week and you may be rather surprised, or possibly appalled, as I was. Yes I was appalled at myself, specifically at the amount of time, money, and talent I was willing and able to waste. Let not what is useful be burned up each day.
-On the narrow road-
You have not come to a mountain that can be touched
and that is burning with fire;
to darkness, gloom, and storm;
to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words
that those who heard it begged that no further
word be spoken to them,
because they could not bear what was commanded;
“If even an animal touches the mountain,
it must be stoned.”
There is a great contrast in the way people approached God under the old covenant and how people approach God under the new covenant. When God established the old covenant on Mount Sinai, the people experienced the terror of God. The Israelites saw God’s awesome power demonstrated; they had to stand at a distance from the mountain. Only Moses was allowed to go up the mountain when he received the Ten Commandments. Under the new covenant, because of what Christ has done, Christians can enter directly into the presence of God without fear. Christ has made it possible to commune intimately with God the Father because he has secured the forgiveness of sin for anyone who chooses to follow Him. Let us come boldly before God on the basis of Christ’s shed blood.
Commentary from: The One Year NIV Devotional New Testament-October 30, Tyndale, 2003.