“Jerusalem, thou city fair and high,
Would God I were in thee!
My longing heart to thee would gladly fly;
It will not stay with me.
Far over vale and mountain,
Far over field and plain,
It hastes to seek its fountain
And leave this world of pain.”
— “Jerusalem, Thou City Fair and High,”
Christian Worship, 212:1.
The golden light in the picture above was from the heavenly sunset, but the air of earth was bitter cold and biting. It bit my fingers.
Soon after taking these pictures, and with fingers cold and hurting, I pulled my glove off to retrieve keys from pocket. However, the wrist strap for my camera had caught the glove, causing my Canon G12 camera to go flying. It dropped on the sidewalk, bounced on the cement, and slid through the snow.
A very nice camera damaged is not overly important, but it is a reminder of all the large and small frustrations and pain we feel in this world. Jesus reminds us:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
— Matthew 6:19-21, NIV1984.
Christ is our treasure. It is He who prepares a place for us in the heavenly Jerusalem. It is He who prepares us to be His heavenly Jerusalem.
“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” Her husband is Christ. The new Jerusalem is where Almighty God lives with man, lives in man, and is man. (Revelation 21:2-5, NIV1984).
“Jerusalem the golden,
With milk and honey blest—
The sight of it refreshes
The weary and oppressed.
I know not, oh, I know not
What joys await us there,
What radiancy of glory,
What bliss beyond compare.”
— “Jerusalem the Golden,” Christian Worship, 214:1.
Our “citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20, NIV1984).
“Jerusalem, my happy home,
When shall I come to thee?
When shall my sorrows have an end?
Thy joys when shall I see?”
The time is short.
The time is coming when Christ will return to earth in glory. Until then, He gives us a taste of heaven in the Eucharist and the Communion of Saints. In this meal we share together with new Jerusalem, Christ is with us, He is in us, and he is one of us.
“Apostles, martyrs, prophets, there
Around my Savior stand,
And soon my friends in Christ below
Will join the glorious band.
“O Christ, do thou my soul prepare
For that bright home of love
That I may see thee and adore
With all thy saints above.”
— “Jerusalem, My Happy Home,”
Christian Worship, 215:1, 4, 5.
The pictures are of St. Nicholas Church in Freedom, WI.
May God bless you in Christ.
P.S. Those white specks in the picture above are an airplane and its contrails.