New Jerusalem is the consummation of all God’s work. His plan in eternity past and His doings through the ages all conclude with this wonderful city shining with His glory.
Because all men are in sin, there is a big chasm between us and God. Despite this separation, God’s mercy reaches us. Mercy brings us to a place where we can receive what we are not qualified for and what we do not deserve.
Mercy reaches us not only because of God’s love but also because God’s eternal intention is to involve man in the accomplishing of His plan. This intention was first stated at the creation of man in Genesis 1:26-28. This post is the first in a short look at mercy as an element of the pathway to New Jerusalem.
The coming of John the Baptist opened the New Testament. When it was time for him to be born, “her [his mother’s] neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had magnified His mercy with her, and they rejoiced with her” (Luke 1:58).
John’s father Zachariah, full of the Holy Spirit, said about John “you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the forgiveness of their sins, because of the merciful compassions of our God, in which the rising sun will visit us from on high” (Luke 1:76-78).
Zachariah’s words show us that both John’s preparing of the way of the Lord and the coming of the Lord Jesus (the rising sun) are “because of the merciful compassions of our God.” Thank God for this merciful beginning on the New Testament road to New Jerusalem.