While many fans have a great expectation, of the new stadium facility, under construction across the street, I wondered how many had the same hopeful expectation about seeing heaven, seeing the LORD Jesus Christ, or even His return to establish His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth 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
Well, the new Yankee Stadium facility is not the New Jerusalem city the apostle John is talking about, but what he saw, the coming new heaven and earth, it must have been a breathtaking sight!
However, here is an event where people were brokenhearted of a building that will soon fade away to rubble and dust and at the same time feel an anticipation of joy waiting for the new stadium to open, where they can walk in and look in awe at what they will see.
“But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void.” Luke 16:17, ESV.
Those streets of pure gold would never have to be repaved either, there would never be any cracks in it, nor would it ever wear down and have any potholes in them either!
The apostle John described the dimensions of the New Jerusalem saying, “The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.” Revelation 21:16-17, NKJV.
So how big is this New Jerusalem city? Well, it is certainly bigger than Yankee Stadium.
Well, 12,000 furlongs multiplied four times is 48,000 furlongs. One furlong is equal to 220 yards, so 48,000 furlongs would be approximately 1,400 miles. 1,400 miles the New Jerusalem city will be in its length, width and height. And the walls of the city, 144 cubits, would equate to 216 feet in thickness. A wall 216 feet thick and 1,400 miles high and there are four walls of this New Jerusalem city!!!
Now that would be a remarkable sight in all of its glory!
Plot a 1,400 square mile on the United States to get an idea of the magnitude what the New Jerusalem city will look like.
Jesus said that in His Father’s house there are many mansions (John 14:2) and if it were not true, Jesus would have said so and yet, He has gone to prepare a place for every person who has repented of their sins and placed their faith and trust, for their eternal salvation, in Him and Him alone.
Yet, many will never see or enter heaven because they have not been born again and instead have the wrath of God abide upon them (John 3:3-7, 36). If a person is not born again, they will be eternally separated from God in hell.
The Bible says that in hell, people stand up eagerly waiting for new people to arrive (Isaiah 14:9).
And yes, you read that correctly, there are people in hell that will stand up as they wait for the arrival of those who have chosen to reject God’s gift of salvation of grace through faith in the LORD Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9).
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Who can forget the roaring of the crowd at Yankee stadium when Aaron Boone hit the game winning home run against the Red Sox, to send the Yankees to the World Series in 2003? Is a similar sound heard for the one who enters hell for eternity?
Those who will miss heaven will have done so at the expense of their own selfishness of temporal satisfaction, while ignoring the sacrifice made for them that is their redemption and their eternal security.
I could hardly imagine what the sounds would be like for anyone arriving in hell, but I do believe, by faith, there is an exceeding joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents (Luke 15:7-10).
Yogi Berra and the fans may way good-bye to the stadium that has seen some amazing things happen over the years, but none of them, in all of history’s greatest events, will ever compare to the arrival of the King of kings and the LORD of lords, Jesus Christ and the New Jerusalem city.
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