Saturday, May 21, 2016

May 21, 2016: A Reservation in Glory

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 142  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of the Southern Gospel Group, The Hoppers, singing The New Jerusalem, declaring the desire which all Christians share, to one day go to God’s City of Love, … The New Jerusalem.

Highlight Passage:  Revelation 21:3-4 [NKJV] …  
3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” 
… What a hope in glory … and I have a reservation!!! … HALLELUJAH!!!
Highlight Context – Revelation 21:1-7 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… The beloved Apostle John reveals God’s vision of the New Jerusalem, reserved for all of God’s chosen Saints.

Reference Passage #1 - John 14:1-4 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …  
… Jesus tells His disciples where they will join Him in glory.

Reference Passage #2 - 2nd Corinthians 5:7-8 [NKJV] …  
7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. 
 … And one day I’ll be absent in my boy; but present with my Lord.

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, Bill Crowder, uses an earthly city, Savannah, GA, to illustrate the New Jerusalem, which awaits all born-again believers. Today Crowder writes: James Oglethorpe (1696–1785) was a British general and member of Parliament who had a vision for a great city. Charged with settling the state of Georgia in North America, he planned the city of Savannah according to that vision. He designed a series of squares, each having a green space and designated areas for churches and shops, with the rest reserved for housing. The visionary thinking of Oglethorpe is seen today [see attached photo] in a beautiful, well-organized city that is considered a jewel of the American South. 

Then, Crowder turned to the Apostle John’s vision and description of the “City of Love,” the New Jerusalem, described in Revelation 21 [see above]. And I don’t know about others who read here; but reading that glorious narrative as well as Jesus’ promise to any/all of His disciples in John 14:1-4, almost gives me chill bumps of anticipation; … because I have a reservation in that City of Glory either when Jesus comes back … or I join Him after my death [see 2 Cor. 5:8].

What about you? Do you have your reservation to spend eternity with our Lord in the New Jerusalem? I pray so.

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, …  I pray that all reading here have a faith reservation to join You when you bring down the New Jerusalem.  Come soon, Lord Jesus!!     Amen

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