This morning I woke up and like I do every morning, I made myself some delicious coffee. Then I ran into a huge problem. When I went to grab the half and half out of the fridge I couldn’t find it. This is tragic for a person who drinks about as much creamer as I do coffee. All kinds of thoughts started running through my mind: the first one was, “Where did my wife put the half n half?” Sidenote: I’m working on not blaming her every time I can’t find something. I start frantically looking through the fridge thinking, “She just bought more yesterday. Where is it?!” I’m trying to stay calm. I have to figure this out because it’s like 4:15am and I can’t go wake her up.
Then suddenly a thought came to mind: the half n half I was looking for ran out yesterday and maybe she bought one that wasn’t the exact same brand as the one I was looking for. As soon as that thought came into my mind I found what I was looking for. I had to let go of what I thought I was searching for and open my eyes. Kind of like how Paul says, “If anyone wants to be wise let him become a fool so that he can be wise.”
I want to share a few scriptures this morning to reveal the goodness of God and the awesomeness of living in His kingdom and in the New covenant. Before I get into it I want to say that many of us are like Old Testament saints who looked off into the distance for hope to come. Many of us are waiting for the kingdom of heaven to fall from the sky in a visible way. Jesus said “The kingdom does not come in ways that can be observed, but the kingdom is within you.” That’s what I want to draw your attention to this morning. Heaven inside of us who believe.
Psalm 20:1-2 says
May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion! – Psalm 20:1-2.
Here, help from God is seen as coming from somewhere. Help is seen coming from His sanctuary, from Zion. David is praying that God would send help from heaven. In essence that is what Zion is. Zion is the dwelling place of God. In the OT Jerusalem was called Zion because God’s presence was there. It was not the physical city that made Jerusalem Zion, but God in her.
Now look at what Ephesians 3:20 says:
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, – Ephesians 3:20
This is beyond amazing! In the Psalms we see David crying out to God for help from heaven. Now God says He will help us according to the power that is in us. Why would he say that? Because…
I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:2-4
Zion has come down out of heaven and is inside of us who believe. This is why Hebrews 12:22 says “you have come to mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.”
Some might ask, well it says there will be no more tears, death, or pain. To that I say, in the New covenant we don’t define our lives by these things. And if we truly walk in the New Covenant and dwell in the city death is no more. Jesus said whoever believes in Him will never die. Tears are wiped away and pain is taken away because we now have the Holy Spirit to comfort us. That’s the power at work in us. It’s beyond what we can imagine! If we are not experiencing these things it doesn’t mean they’re not a reality. If we base our belief on what we experience, we bring God down to our level. There’s always more in store for us.
Paul said in Romans 14:17 that the kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. There’s no mention of tears, death or pain. It doesn’t mean you won’t ever be sad or hurt. It means that in those times God will comfort you with His presence in you and you can have supernatural peace and joy when most people would have despair. That’s what it looks like to live in the New covenant city, the New Jerusalem and what it means to be a child of God. I hope you are blessed by reading this. Grace and peace 2u.