Monday, 8 June 2015

May I see your passport?

"But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body" (Philippians 3:20,21)

Philippi was a proud Roman colony. But Paul tells his Christian readers there, ‘You are actually a colony of heaven!’ Christian – look at Psalm 87:6: your passport was drawn up in Zion, the New Jerusalem!

1. The Heavenly City. The believer’s life is to be coloured – and fulfilled – by the conviction of the City that is above – and that conviction will animate the whole of your life! Or are you simply living for the daily struggle of eat, work, eat, watch TV – and at the end have a few kind words said about you and get your name into the local papers for just one more time? 

2. The Coming Saviour. The Roman Caesars sometimes gave themselves the title of ‘Saviour.’ But what a bunch they were! By contrast, mums and dads, eagerly awaiting the return of Christ, would, in centuries to come, call their boys and girls after the friends of Jesus… ‘James’… ‘Mary’… ‘Joanna’… ‘Matthew’…. ‘Peter’ – while the really ‘big’ names of the first century, like ‘Nero’ or ‘Caesar’ are only reserved today for the family dog!

3. The Transforming Power. It’s all in our Scripture passage. Christ will do it at the Last Day. He promises it – “I will raise him up! I will raise her up!” Joni Eareckson Tada, California’s famed quadriplegic, has inspired disabled people around the world She smiles, “I like earth – but my heart pumps for heaven!”