Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. REVELATION 21:1,2 NKJV
In Jerusalem, I finally stood in front of the impressive Wailing Wall, a portion of the foundation of the original temple built by King Herod. King Herod was famously known in the Bible as the king who tried to be sneaky about trying to convince the wise men to tell him where Jesus was. Jewish men are required to cover their head during prayer, and it was required for me so the I could visit the wall. The problem is I didn’t have kippah, but fortunately I was provided with a paper version that was attached to my hair with a bobby pin. As I walked toward the wall, my moment of awe was interrupted when the wind blew and the paper kippah flew off my head. I was quite embarrassed that I had to run after it. I sure didn’t want to be disrespectful of their traditions, so I had to run after it. I sure didn’t want to be disrespectful of their traditions, so I managed to quickly catch up to the kippah and put it back on my head. I held it there with my hand for the remainder of my visit. I did finally make it right up to the wall.
Apparently, Jews people come here with prayers written on tiny pieces for paper and try to smash them into the cracks between the giant stones in the wall. While doing this, they speak loud prayers and sometimes wails of supplication. I sat there in my chair for several minutes taking it all in. It occurred to me that I was happy that I could talk to God anytime and anywhere. Jewish people love GOD, but they don’t believe JESUS is the Messiah.
GOD is offering the world a place in the heavenly city for those who love and accept JESUS’ sacrifice. We have been tasked to teach Jews and all the people of the world about JEUS so that they can have a chance to live in that heavenly city. Do you know what the name of that city is? See today’s verse!