BCL Grow: The Heavenly Jerusalem — Hebrews 12:22-25
Hebrews 12:22-25 (Redemption)
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But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.”— Hebrews 12:22-25
“The final goal of the exodus, a goal envisioned and subsumed under the more immediate goal of bringing the people to the foot of the mountain, was to bring the people of God to Sinai, and then to deliver them up to the Promised Land, where they may worship. This goal was the land of Canaan first; however, the eschatological goal was not merely the geopolitical land of Israel. It was far greater.” — Bryan D. Estelle, Echoes of Exodus: Tracing a Biblical Motif, p. 320.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: Salvation is the means to an end—worshipping God forever. Consider for a few moments what this worship will be like.
2. Remember: Those who are united to Christ Jesus by faith are being saved to an ultimate destination, an eternal home, a place of great peace and inexpressible joy. Christ, our forerunner, has gone ahead to prepare it for us. We follow him as he leads us. He saves us with a new exodus—an exodus from the bondage of sin and misery to a promised land of imperishable life and righteousness. God the Father is seeking worshipers, and Christ Jesus, his Son, is gathering them by his Word and Spirit so that they may worship God forever in abundant life.
3. Rejoice: Every Lord’s Day, as you worship God, you experience a small but significant taste of the heavenly life. As the Spirit raises us above and we sing praises to God, hear his Word, and pour out our hearts in prayer, he grants us a glimpse of our true home. Rejoice that the ultimate end of salvation is life together with one another in the presence of God, and that even now we can enjoy and glorify him in this age while we await the consummation of the age to come when Christ returns.