“New Jerusalem”

This week’s Pastor to Person is written by Pastor Caleb Beller.

[Eze 48:35 NIV] 35 “The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits. “And the name of the city from that time on will be: the Lord is there.”

Fourteen years after the destruction of Jerusalem (Ezek 40:1) God gives Ezekiel this vision of the “New Jerusalem.” Chapters 40-46 unfold numerous details about the size and shape, the interior & exterior, the priests, and most importantly the return of the Presence of God. Chapters 47-78 speak of a river of healing, and future inheritance. This ember of hope reminded them that God is not done with His people or His promises.

We too have an exceedingly gracious promise. A coming Kingdom & a coming King! Like Ezekiel, John saw a glimpse of this eternal city! Magnificent and awesome, overwhelming, and inviting.

Two great similarities that should warm our hearts! One is the return of the presence of God! God is there! Second is the idea that there is a place for us as well! An inheritance prepared for us! How overwhelming this must have been for those captives. To consider that God would forgive their sin. Rescue them from captivity and bring them into a future inheritance far greater than they could imagine before!

Two quick lessons, we also have a heavenly inheritance. An eternal city where we will experience the fulfillment of this promise. This is what John saw in the book of Revelation (Rev 21:2). The second is that God’s design for the rebuilt Jerusalem far exceeded what they rebuilt (Ezra 3:12) As we consider the history of the promises of God (promise land, return to Jerusalem; the Christian life) let us not fall short in realizing the fullness of what desires to do in and through us! Let us seek and pursue the fullness of what He desires for us as we await the eternal fulfillment to come.

-Pastor Caleb