16th October 2019

An Entrance

“And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.”
Revelation 21:10 (NIV)

St Albans Cathedral has several gateways but its most important entrance is the Great Gateway. Built in 1365, it has withstood extreme weather, a 14th century peasant revolt and in the 19th century – schoolboys! The structure was intended to impress dignitaries and royal personages with their large entourage when visiting the Cathedral, or as it was known until the 19th century, the Abbey. They would assemble on the land outside the gateway and begin the solemn procession through the gateway to be greeted by the resident Abbot—a splendid occasion viewed by the curious townspeople. This edifice of flint and roman brick has witnessed many such occasions over the centuries.

Impressive gateways herald even more imposing interiors, as is the case in St Albans Cathedral. In the book of Revelation, we learn of a fabulous city with magnificence gates set ready for the procession of all time. A city with twelve gates each made out of a single pearl, the city foundations layered with fabulous gemstones, but there is something missing… there is no temple. Why would a city of such splendour lack a temple? This is, as you will have gathered, no ordinary city – this is the house of the Triune God, Father, Son (the King of Kings) and the Holy Spirit, lit by His glory.

These pearly gates are never closed, but who will pass through these wonderful gates? Those who are in the Book of Life. Those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and follow Him. We have a promise in His Word that we will never be erased from the Book of Life. “The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels” (Revelation 3:5).

This is our homecoming – an affair of incredible splendour that we, Christ’s followers, will participate in. Medieval gateways and all that man has and continues to create will be eclipsed by the magnificent glory of God. Haste the day!

Prayer
Loving Father, it is hard for us as human beings to imagine your greatness, your omniscience and splendour. Thank you for who you are – a God of love. Thank you for loving us – we eagerly look forward to sharing eternity with you.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson
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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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