Ok, so I kind of get the whole thing about Jesus… but what’s with the name? Bit weird isn’t it?
One amazing bit of "the gospel" that, weirdly, often gets missed out, is the end bit!! That is what Jesus said was going to happen at the end of time.
Would it be an asteroid hitting the earth? Would it be another ice age? Would it be ...NO. Actually, it’s a city. A city? Really?
But a City like no other. A City where there are no more tears, no more pain and no more suffering. (Revelation 21:4). A city where there is no racial tension and yet it’s more ethnically diverse (Revelation 7:9) than downtown London or New York. A place where no one is lonely, rejected or abandoned. Nobody is overlooked, injustice is unthinkable and there is profound and everlasting joy, relationship, and utter respect. How is this possible? The King of The City is present once and for all. Jesus. His presence changes everything. There’s not even any need for the sun anymore such is his brightness!
The Bible says that there will be a new heavens and a new earth and yet for all those who are known and loved by King Jesus, they will live forever with Him, in this City like no other.
The church is meant to be a foretaste of that City. That community of eternal, astounding love, breaking into the present ahead of its actual happening. That’s why Jesus, speaking to His followers, said: "A city set on a hill cannot be hidden." (Matthew 5:14). As a good trailer for a film whets your appetite for the actual film itself, the church is meant to whet the world’s appetite for the City to come and so cause people to want to follow this King, come into His City, His family, and become who He wants us to become.