53 min

November 13, 2022 - The New Jerusalem Eternity Church PodCast

    • Christianity

A Sunday morning sermon by Dr. Jesse Joyner.We live in a dark, broken, and painful world. It sometimes causes us to lament as the Psalmist does in Psalm 13: “How long, Oh Lord!” But there is hope. And that hope is in the Lord and the Lord alone. God gave us the gift of His Word. And all through His Word are found prophecies and promises of what has already started and what is yet to come. The exciting thing is that we can daily pray what Jesus taught us to pray: “Your kingdom come, your will be done.” We don’t need to wait until heaven for heaven to appear. By God’s grace, He gives us glimpses of heaven here and now.Our readings this week are such glimpses: Isaiah 65:17-25 and Revelation 21:1-7. In Isaiah’s time and for many generations after him, God’s people were suffering under the oppressive rule of the Assyrians and Babylonians. They were in peril. Yet God gave them a vision of what was to come someday: a restored city to call home. That vision had partial fulfillment when the exiled people returned to Jerusalem. But there is also a fuller fulfillment of heaven that all God’s people are looking towards - the new heavens and new earth. And through Christ, the New Jerusalem will be a place of worship for every tribe, nation, and tongue. We will explore these tastes of heaven and ask God to instill in us a vision of heaven that changes our everyday lives here on earth. My prayer is that we will lean into these glimpses of heaven with a redemptive imagination and look ahead, not behind, with both our hearts and actions.

A Sunday morning sermon by Dr. Jesse Joyner.We live in a dark, broken, and painful world. It sometimes causes us to lament as the Psalmist does in Psalm 13: “How long, Oh Lord!” But there is hope. And that hope is in the Lord and the Lord alone. God gave us the gift of His Word. And all through His Word are found prophecies and promises of what has already started and what is yet to come. The exciting thing is that we can daily pray what Jesus taught us to pray: “Your kingdom come, your will be done.” We don’t need to wait until heaven for heaven to appear. By God’s grace, He gives us glimpses of heaven here and now.Our readings this week are such glimpses: Isaiah 65:17-25 and Revelation 21:1-7. In Isaiah’s time and for many generations after him, God’s people were suffering under the oppressive rule of the Assyrians and Babylonians. They were in peril. Yet God gave them a vision of what was to come someday: a restored city to call home. That vision had partial fulfillment when the exiled people returned to Jerusalem. But there is also a fuller fulfillment of heaven that all God’s people are looking towards - the new heavens and new earth. And through Christ, the New Jerusalem will be a place of worship for every tribe, nation, and tongue. We will explore these tastes of heaven and ask God to instill in us a vision of heaven that changes our everyday lives here on earth. My prayer is that we will lean into these glimpses of heaven with a redemptive imagination and look ahead, not behind, with both our hearts and actions.

53 min