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The City of God Appears [CC]

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WWW.ZIONTORRANCE.INFO REVELATION 21:10-24, 22-23 LET US RISE FOR THE READING OF THIS MORNING'S SERMON TEXT RECORDED FOR US BY JOHN IN HIS REVELATION WHERE WE READ THE SELECTED VERSES OF CHAPTER 21: AND HE CARRIED ME AWAY IN THE SPIRIT TO A MOUNTAIN GREAT AND HIGH, AND SHOWED ME THE HOLY CITY, JERUSALEM, COMING DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN FROM GOD. IT SHONE WITH THE GLORY OF GOD, AND ITS BRILLIANCE WAS LIKE THAT OF A VERY PRECIOUS JEWEL, LIKE A JASPER, CLEAR AS CRYSTAL. IT HAD A GREAT, HIGH WALL WITH TWELVE GATES, AND WITH TWELVE ANGELS AT THE GATES. ON THE GATES WERE WRITTEN THE NAMES OF THE TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL. THERE WERE THREE GATES ON THE EAST, THREE ON THE NORTH, THREE ON THE SOUTH AND THREE ON THE WEST. THE WALL OF THE CITY HAD TWELVE FOUNDATIONS, AND ON THEM WERE THE NAMES OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES OF THE LAMB. I DID NOT SEE A TEMPLE IN THE CITY, BECAUSE THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY AND THE LAMB ARE ITS TEMPLE. THE CITY DOES NOT NEED THE SUN OR THE MOON TO SHINE ON IT, FOR THE GLORY OF GOD IS ITS LIGHT, AND THE LAMB IS ITS LAMP. THIS IS THE WORD OF OUR LORD. LET US PRAY: GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS GOD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF EACH OF OUR HEARTS BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT OUR ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. AMEN. [ TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, 1973, 1978, 1984, USED BY PERMISSION OF ZONDERVAN BIBLE PUBLISHERS] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST: IN OUR GOSPEL LESSON FOR THIS MORNING, WE ARE REMINDED OF THE WORDS THAT JESUS SHARED WITH HIS DISCIPLES. HE WANTED TO SHARE WITH THEM ... KNOWLEDGE. HE WANTED TO GIVE THEM STRENGTH. HE WANTED TO FILL THEM WITH THE THOUGHTS OF GOD SO THAT WHEN THE EVENTS OCCURRED, THEY WOULD BE READY. THEY WOULD BE PREPARED AND THEY WOULD BELIEVE WHAT WAS HAPPENING. JESUS HAVING RISEN FROM THE DEAD, SPENT TIME WITH HIS DISCIPLES, COMING TO THEM TO COMFORT THEM; CONSTANTLY REASSURING THEM THAT HE WAS ALIVE. THAT SALVATION HAD BEEN ACCOMPLISHED. THAT ETERNAL LIFE WAS THERE FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE. AND NOW HE SHARED WITH HIS DISCIPLES IT WAS TIME FOR HIM TO RETURN TO THE FATHER. TIME FOR HIM TO GO. TO GO AND PREPARE THE PLACE FOR EACH OF THOSE SAINTS THAT HE WOULD COME TO TAKE AND BE WITH HIM. BUT JESUS SAID TO THE DISCIPLES: I DON'T WANT YOU TO BE AFRAID. I DON'T WANT YOUR HEARTS TO BE TROUBLED. I'M SENDING YOU THE HOLY SPIRIT: THE COUNSELOR, THE COMFORTER WHO IS GOING TO COME AND ON THE BASIS OF THE WORD ENCOURAGE YOU AND STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH ... SO THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND WHAT GOES ON IN THIS WORLD. THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE WITH THE EYES OF FAITH WHAT GOD HAS DONE. TO HEAR WITH THE EARS OF FAITH WHAT GOD IS GOING TO DO . WHAT HE IS GOING TO ACCOMPLISH AND TO BELIEVE THOSE THINGS. TO TRUST IN GOD AND TO NOT LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED. IMAGINE JOHN, NOW BEING IMPRISONED ON THE ISLAND OF PATMOS FOR BEING A DISCIPLE AND PROCLAIMING JESUS. AND YET GOD DID NOT LEAVE HIM COMFORTLESS. BUT COMES TO HIM, ONCE AGAIN WITH REASSURANCE AND WITH KNOWLEDGE ABOUT WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. TO PREPARE JOHN'S HEART, BUT NOT JUST JOHN; TO PREPARE THE CHURCH FOR THE EVENTS THAT ARE COMING. AND IN OF THAT PORTION OF JOHN'S REVELATION THAT WE READ THIS MORNING, WE ALSO ARE TO BE PREPARED. TO HAVE OUR HEARTS READY. TO BE LOOKING AND LONGING FOR THAT DAY WHEN JERUSALEM, THE CITY OF GOD, IS GOING TO APPEAR. ON THAT GREAT AND LAST DAY WHEN CHRIST HAS COME TO END THE TURMOIL OF THIS WORLD AND TO BRING THE CHURCH HOME. TO BRING ALL AND ONLY THE BELIEVERS OF GOD TO HIMSELF FOR ALL ETERNITY. THAT GLORIOUS PICTURE THAT JOHN HAS FOR US OF HEAVEN OPENING AND THE CITY COMING DOWN. JERUSALEM ITSELF SHINING WITH THE BRILLIANCE OF THE GLORY OF GOD. THAT HE CAN BARELY DESCRIBE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. HOW CLEAR IT IS. HOW PURE IT IS THAT HE USES THE WORDS OF A JASPER, A FINE GEM SHINING IN ALL OF ITS BRIGHTNESS AND BRILLIANCE. AND YET THE CITY OF GOD GOES BEYOND THAT BRILLIANCE. BECAUSE IT'S NOT CREATED BRILLIANCE. LIKE ANY PRECIOUS GEM. IT IS THE BRILLIANCE AND THE GLORY OF THE EVERLASTING ETERNAL GOD SHINING FORTH FROM ITS VERY SOURCE. THAT HOLINESS. THAT PURITY OF GOD ENVELOPS THE CITY. IT LIGHTS THE CITY. IT IS THERE FOR ALL OF THE SAINTS TO SEE AND PARTICIPATE. THE THINGS THAT WE SO DEPEND ON IN THIS WORLD DON'T MATTER ANYMORE. THERE ISN'T A SUN. THERE ISN'T A MOON. THEY'RE NOT NECESSARY. BECAUSE WE WILL BE WITH GOD IN THAT PERFECTION THAT HE HAS PREPARED FOR US. THAT HE HAS ESTABLISHED FOR US FROM ETERNITY. BECAUSE OF HIS GREAT LOVE FOR HUMANITY. BECAUSE OF HIS GREAT LOVE FOR YOU AND ME IN SENDING HIS SON. TO ACCOMPLISH THAT SALVATION. TO OPEN THOSE GATES OF HEAVEN. TO OPEN THE GATES OF THAT HOLY CITY. BECAUSE OF THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST WHO CAME AND OBEYED THE LAW OF GOD PERFECTLY. NEVER COMMITTING ONE SIN IN THOUGHT, IN WORD OR IN DEED. SO UNLIKE YOU AND ME WHO EVERY WEEK WE COME BACK HERE TO THIS HOUSE OF WORSHIP TO SAY THAT SAME THING ... THAT WE HAVE SINNED! WE HAVE SINNED IN THOUGHT, IN WORD, AND DEED. WE ARE NOT HOLY. WE DON'T SHINE WITH THE RADIANCE OF OUR OWN SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS. BECAUSE THAT'S BEEN DULLED AND DIRTY AND MARRED BY SIN. AND WE CAN'T GET RID OF THAT STAIN. AND IT'S ONLY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST THAT WE ARE MADE HOLY AND ONLY BY THE LOVE OF GOD THAT HE HAS COME TO US AND CALLED US TO BE HIS OWN. AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO THAT DAY WHEN HE WILL CALL US OUT OF THIS WORLD. AND THAT MAY BE BEFORE THE END OF ALL CREATED THINGS. THAT WE DON'T KNOW, BUT GOD HAS SET THAT TIME. AND GOD IN HIS LOVE KNOWS THAT TIME. WHEN EVERYTHING IS RIGHT AND PERFECT FOR US TO DEPART IN PEACE FROM THIS WORLD GOD WILL ACCOMPLISH THAT VERY FACT. AND WHAT STRENGTH, AND WHAT POWER THERE IS FOR US IN THAT KNOWLEDGE. THAT GOD HAS NOT LEFT US ALONE, THAT HE HAS SENT THAT HOLY SPIRIT TO US TO ENCOURAGE US ... TO STRENGTHEN US. TO NOT LET OUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED. AND NOT TO BE AFRAID. BECAUSE GOD IS SO GREAT TO ACCOMPLISH HIS WILL AT THE TIME THAT HE WANTS IT DONE. FOR OUR GOOD. FOR THE GOOD OF OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. AND FOR THE ULTIMATE GOOD OF THE CHURCH. AND HE CALLS HIS OWN ... HOME TO HIM WHEN HE DESIRES! AND WHAT A BLESSING THAT IS! AND WHAT A REMINDER FOR US TO PUT OUR TRUST AND OUR HOPE IN THAT GOD. WE'RE RELYING ON HIM AND KNOW WE HAVE NOT SAVED OURSELVES. BUT HE HAS SAVED US. WE HAVE NOT GIVEN OURSELVES ETERNAL LIFE, BUT GOD HAS. AND NOW THROUGH FAITH THAT TRUSTS IN HIM, WE PLACE OUR LIFE INTO HIS HANDS AND SAY: HEAVENLY FATHER, I AM YOURS TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER. AND I LONG FOR THAT DAY WHEN YOU WILL TAKE ME HOME. I LONG FOR THAT DAY WHEN YOU WILL END THIS WORLD. AND THE CHURCH WILL BE TAKEN TO HEAVEN WHERE WE AS THE SAINTS OF GOD WILL GATHER TOGETHER IN GOD'S HOLY CITY. WITH ALL OF THE SAINTS OF ALL TIME. WITH THOSE PEOPLE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT WHO BELIEVED IN THE COMING MESSIAH. WHO TRUSTED THAT GOD WOULD FULFILL HIS PROMISES. AND WHO PUT THEIR HOPE IN HIM. THEY WILL BE THERE BEFORE THE FATHER AND BEFORE JESUS CHRIST! THOSE SAINTS WHO WALKED AND LOOKED AT CHRIST AT THE SAME TIME THAT HE WAS ON THIS EARTH. WHO BELIEVED AND TRUSTED IN HIM WILL BE THERE WITH HIM SEEING HIM AGAIN AND WE, THE CHURCH TODAY, WILL JOIN THAT GROUP OF PEOPLE. THOSE SAINTS OF OLD WHO WERE GIVEN THE KNOWLEDGE TO TRUST IN JESUS CHRIST WHO SHARED THAT KNOWLEDGE WITH THEIR CHILDREN AND THEIR GRANDCHILDREN. WHO TOLD THEIR NEIGHBORS ABOUT THE WONDERFUL GLORIES OF JESUS CHRIST AND WHAT HE HAS DONE. AND WE WILL COME TOGETHER AS THAT GROUP OF PEOPLE PRAISING GOD THEIR GOD WITH PEOPLE. AND JOHN SAID HE DIDN'T SEE A TEMPLE THERE. THERE WAS NO NEED FOR A TEMPLE. GOD CERTAINLY ALLOWED HIS PEOPLE TO ERECT A TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM; THAT PLACE THAT WOULD BEAR HIS NAME. THE PLACE FROM WHICH HIS MESSAGE WOULD GO OUT. THE PLACE WHERE PEOPLE WOULD COME TO DO WHAT WAS REQUIRED OF THEM FOR SACRIFICING, FOR TRUSTING AND WORSHIPING AND UNDERSTANDING GOD BUT AT THE END THERE WILL BE NO NEED FOR A TEMPLE BECAUSE GOD IS WITH HIS PEOPLE. THE NAME IS PRESENT. GOD IS THERE IN THE MIDST OF HIS CHILDREN. AND WE, AS HIS CHILDREN, WILL BE WORSHIPING HIM; PRAISING THAT NAME THAT HAS BROUGHT US SALVATION. PRAISING THAT NAME THAT WE BEAR THROUGH OUR BAPTISMAL WATERS THAT WE BEAR THROUGH ALL ETERNITY MARKED AS GOD'S PEOPLE; MARKED AS HIS CHILDREN. AND WHAT A GLORIOUS SOUND THOSE SAINTS ARE GOING TO PRODUCE. THE WORSHIP AND PRAISE OF GOD THAT WILL BE UNENDING WITH HOLINESS AND TRUE PERFECTION. THERE IS NOTHING THAT COULD STOP US FROM TRUSTING THAT GOD OUR SAVIOR WILL ACCOMPLISH THAT. WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR THAT GOD IS NOT GOING TO TAKE US TO THAT HOME AND FULFILL THAT WORD FOR US AND FOR ALL BELIEVERS. HE IS THE ALMIGHTY ALL-POWERFUL GOD WHO HAS SAID IT, WHO HAS COMPLETED IT, WHO HAS BROUGHT SALVATION TO PEOPLE AND HE WILL SEE IT THROUGH TO THE END. SO IN OUR DAILY LIVES, WE ALWAYS LOOK AND ARE ALWAYS REMINDED THAT THAT IS COMING. HEAVEN IS COMING. THE END IS COMING. WE LOOK AT THE NEWS REPORTS OF THIS PAST WEEK AND HEAR THE CRAZY WEATHER THAT'S GOING ON; WE HAVE UNCONTROLLABLE FIRES. IT SHOULD REMIND US THAT THIS IS TEMPORARY. WE HEAR OF BOMBS GOING OFF. WE HEAR OF COUNTRIES ATTACKING OTHER COUNTRIES. IT SHOULD REMIND US THAT WE ARE IN THE END AND THAT HEAVEN IS COMING. AND TO PREPARE OURSELVES; TO TRUST OUR GOD; TO NOT BE TROUBLED; TO NOT BE AFRAID. BUT TO OPEN WIDE OUR EYES OF FAITH AND LOOK WITH LONGING FOR THE CITY OF GOD TO APPEAR. AMEN. LET US RISE. NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL OF OUR UNDERSTANDING KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR LIVES IN THE ONE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

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Duration: 14 minutes and 25 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 73
Posted by: hischild on May 6, 2013

We look forward to shining with God's glory in heaven as we listen to this sermon based on Chapter 21 of REVELATION. www.ziontorrance.info

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