That Heavenly City (3 of 12) by Daniel Rodgers

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That Heavenly City (3 of 12)
Series: A Closer Look at Heaven
Dan Rodgers
Revelation 21:1, 2, 10-27


1. This is the third in our 12-part series of studies concerning heaven. The first week--"Ready and Waiting," last week--"Who Lives There?" And tonight--"That Heavenly City."

a. When you think of that heavenly city, it does something to you, doesn't it? I mean to think of a place with streets of gold, gates of pearl and walls of jasper...a place where the saints fellowship with God forever...just the thought of that heavenly place brings cheer to one's heart.

ILLUS: An unknown author wrote the following account of an amazing incident that took place in the city of San Francisco.

Thirty men, red-eyed and disheveled lined up before a judge of the San Francisco police court. It was the regular morning company of "Drunks and disorderlies." Some were old and hardened; others hung their heads in shame. Just as the momentary disorder attending the bringing-in of the prisoners quieted down, a strange thing happened. A strong, clear voice from below began singing:

"Last night I lay a sleeping
There came a dream so fair."

Last night! It had been for all of them a nightmare of a drunken stupor. The song was such a contrast.

"I stood in old Jerusalem,
Beside the Temple there,"

The song went on. The judge had paused. He made a quiet inquiry. A former member of a famous opera company known all over the country was awaiting trial for forgery. It was he who was singing in his cell. Meantime the song went on...every man in the line showed emotion. One or two dropped on their knees; one boy at the end of the line, after a desperate effort at self-control, leaned against the wall, buried his face against his folded arms, and sobbed, "Oh mother, mother!" The sobs, cutting to the very heart of the men who heard, and the song, still welling its way through the courtroom, blended in the hush. At length one man protested, "Judge," said he, "h ...

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