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The Resurrection

City of Light

Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn on the first day of the week,

The city has no need for the sun or moon to shine, for the very glory of God illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb.

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.

The nations will walk in its light. The kings of the earth bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.

Behold, there was a great earthquake,

Its gates will in no way be shut by day (for there will be no night there),

for an angel of the Lord descended from the sky and came and rolled away the stone from the door and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.

and they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it so that they may enter.

For fear of him, the guards shook, and became like dead men. The angel answered the women, “Don’t be afraid,

There will in no way enter into it anything profane, or one who causes an abomination or a lie,

for I know that you seek Jesus, who has been crucified.

but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

He is not here, for he has risen, just like he said.

He showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street.

Resurrection + City of Light

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Resurrection + City of Light

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The Doorway to Eternity

Resurrection: Light Source

City of Light ResurrectionLet’s look at the city of light side by side with the resurrection story.

Matthew 28 begins with a dawning on the first day of the week. The city is illuminated by a the Glory of God, and its lamp is Christ the Lamb. Is it only a coincidence these passages both begin with light?

Doorway

DoorwayLook further to the center of the Matthew 28 passage. An angel descends from heaven, rolls away the stone from the door, and sits upon it.

The city of light promises, “they may enter.” The doorway and the entrance add a second point of connection.

Inner Gate

Matthew 28Look right before the door: the resurrection describes a great earthquake. The “gates” of the city will in no way be shut.

Assuming these passages work together, the earthquake is the opening of the gates of the city. It will never closed again.

Outer Gate

Matthew 28Look right past the door in the resurrection story: guards shake with fear and become like dead men. Nothing “profane” will ever enter into the city.

Assuming these passages work together, perhaps the guards are not allowed in the city. Perhaps death itself is not allowed in the city. Or, death is no longer a barrier.

Through the Tomb

Two Marys come to see the tomb. The kings of the earth bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.

Working together, the passages reveal two things. First, the entrance to the city of light is through the tomb. Second, these two women, it seems, are part of Jesus’ kingdom, like you and I. He has made us to be a Kingdom.

Look opposite. Perhaps those who seek Jesus, like these two women, have their names written in Jesus’ book of life. The only ones allowed into the city. That’s us.

Words of Revelation

Look to the end of the resurrection scene: the angel says, Jesus “isn’t here, for he has risen, just like he said.” The Revelation describes a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, which flows from the throne of God and the Lamb in the middle of its street.

Connect the dots. The river of water of life are the words of the risen Christ, who stands in the middle of the street of the city of Light.

Strings of Revelation

Dawning. Doorways. Inner gates. Outer guards. A river. A resurrection. To me, it’s becoming more and more clear these passages somehow work together. You can feel it. The words have a synergy to them. The words have power.

This is the power of parallels, which I call Strings. Two passages — or threads — properly aligned, reveal something a single passage does not. They weave together to reveal something new: like an entrance to an eternal city beyond the tomb.

This is first example. Click the Shepherds link, or the right arrow below, to compare this famous scene.

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