“But you are come unto Mount Zion and unto the City of the living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem and to an innumerable company of angels. . .to the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn, which are written in Heaven. . .and to God, the Judge of all. . .and to the spirits of just men made perfect. . . and to Jesus, the Mediator of the New Covenant. . .and to the Blood of the sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.”
No wonder the song writer wrote, “What a Day that will be when my Jesus I shall see, And I look upon His Face—the One Who saved me by His Grace. When He takes me by the hand and leads me through the Promised Land, What a Day, glorious Day, that will be.”
Are you on shouting ground yet, dear Pilgrim?
Even though you may have been going through a pretty rough time right now. . .and your burdens may have been growing awfully heavy. . .doesn’t the thought of what awaits you and what Jesus is preparing for you quicken your spirits and put a song in your heart and mouth?
Look again at what awaits those who’ve trod the King’s Highway to that Celestial City:
“An innumerable company of angels”—they’re always depicted with wings, halos, flowing white robes and a harp. It’s doubtful they’ll look like that, but we’ll have the opportunity to talk to the various ones God used during human history to deliver His Messages, defend His saints or accomplish His Will. Won’t that be wonderful?
“To the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn”—saints from every nation, standing together hand-in-hand. . .their faces beaming with a Heavenly glow. . . all singing “Worthy is the Lamb” and “Amazing Grace”. . .as we gaze upon the Face of the One Who died for all.
“To God the Judge of all”—here on earth no one will have ever looked upon this Face; but there’ll be no cloud or veil in between us in that fair City and we’ll finally see what Noah saw that day: Grace and Mercy all wrapped into One. How glorious that shall be!
“To the spirits of just men made perfect”—won’t it be wonderful to sit and talk with folks like Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon, the prophets, Apostles, those martyrs slain for their faith, etc.? There’ll be no pecking order or seating chart—for we’ll all be one in Christ.
“And to Jesus, the Mediator of the New Covenant”—it’ll only take one look. . .our first look when we finally see Him. . .to “wipe away all the tears from our eyes” (Rev. 21:4) that have accumulated from our toils and troubles here. Our first breath there will be more exhilarating than any breath ever taken on a high mountain peak here on earth—and the Fragrance that fills that Place will be sweeter than any we’ve ever smelled during our sojourn here.
No wonder they call it “Heaven” and all Pilgrims call it “Home.” Thank You, Lord.