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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Sightseeing (08/08/05)

TITLE: Seeing Spiritual Sights
By Jan Thackston
08/11/05


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If we were to retrace the steps of Jesus, what would we see? Since Jesus lived on earth as a natural man various happenings have reshaped the land we refer to as holy. The ravages of many wars have wiped entire cities off the map. Today there are archeologists making educated guesses as to former locations of places mentioned in the Scriptures. They dig to reveal what remains of cultures long buried by both man and nature. Would we see this amazing area as it is or would we open ourselves to divine revelation by the Holy Spirit and see sights possible only through His eyes? A dear friend of mine recently traveled to Israel and had the privilege of walking where Jesus walked. She asked for His accompaniment and was blessed to feel it bestowed upon and all around her. It was a life changing experience for her and vicariously for me.

A sight I am looking forward to seeing is my mansion in heaven. Do you think about what it might be like? I know enough to understand that even my most extravagant imaginings do not come close to what God has prepared for me. His ways are not my ways…and because I know I can’t come close to an accurate description of the magnificence that is there, I am humbled at how incredibly undeserving I am of it. The “city” is described in the Book of Revelation but this description is only John’s best effort constrained as he was with his limited, human vocabulary.

God told Moses that he could not see His Glory and live. Why was that? It is because God’s Glory, along with the heavenly environment, are beyond the comprehension of our finite minds. When we are transformed and become like Him then we will see all the sights that are now only glimpsed through “a veil darkly.”

“The building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. … And the city had no need of the sun, neither the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.” Revelation 21:18-19, 21, 23.


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Shari Armstrong 08/15/05
A nice start, I might have put the paragraphs in chronological order, especially ending with that verse. It might have flowed a bit better. Good descriptions :)
Phyllis Inniss 08/16/05
Nice entry. If we appreciate the glory that God has presented to us on earth, so much more shall we enjoy what He has in store for us in heaven.