We Seek the City to Come (2)

We seek the coming city, New Jerusalem, as in Hebrews 13:12-14: “Therefore also Jesus, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Let us therefore go forth unto Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For we do not have here a remaining city, but we seek after the one to come.”

The prior post spoke about “going forth unto Him outside the camp.” Our going forth involves “bearing His reproach.” Although a good number of people in the gospels followed and loved the Lord, others reproached Him, disapproving and insulting what He said and did.

If reproach comes to us for “going forth unto Him” we should rejoice. The Lord told us, “Blessed are you when they reproach and persecute you, and while speaking lies, say every evil thing against you because of Me” (Matthew 5:11). As a forerunner of New Testament believers, Moses forsook Egypt and his upbringing in the house of Pharaoh, no doubt being misunderstood and ill spoken about, but this was actually “Considering the reproach of the Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he looked away to the reward.” (Hebrews 11:24-26).

If reproach comes to us for “going forth unto Him,” we should bear it and consider it as great riches. However, we cannot do this in ourselves but in oneness with Him. Our bearing is by praying to Him rather than reacting to another person. We cast all our cares on Him because He cares for us, and He is the meek One who does not react. Therefore, we do not react because we have His meekness (2 Corinthians 10:1). Our considering of the riches may be by prayer but perhaps is better by praising. Our Lord is worthy! We praise Him while, like Moses, looking away to the reward. This reward includes the Lord’s presence in this age, something more in the kingdom age, and New Jerusalem as the ultimate reward.

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