In reading the 21st chapter of Revelation, we are reminded that many nations have had a "holy city," around which centered their patriotism, their chivalry, and, alas, in some instances their superstition and intolerance. None the less, the best and purest aspirations of the human heart have ever clung to the hope of an ideal city, to be realized, perchance, at some distant day, and the Revelator responds to this desire, this mute prayer of the ages, when he speaks in no uncertain terms of the coming of this city down to men. Strangely enough, despite this prophecy, people have been taught to believe that they must die and go out into the unknown in order to find the "holy city;" but this is not what the Bible teaches at all, for we are told therein that St. John, nearly two thousand years ago, saw the ideal city "coming down from God." Now this was undoubtedly a spiritual fact, but how wonderfully it fits in with human need! We are told of the passing of all sorrow, sickness, sin, and death before the light and glory of the divine presence; of the fountain of the water of life, and of the destruction of all evil in the consuming fire of divine Love.

John called his ideal city "the new Jerusalem," and well he might, for Jerusalem had been for long years a city of high and holy hopes, yet it was of this city that Jesus said. after it had rejected the healing truth which he came to offer the world: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee, ... Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord," Jesus himself wept over Mt. Zion, but it was there that he "proved Life to be deathless and Love to be the master of hate," to use Mrs. Eddy's words (Science and Health, p. 44). John at length came to understand this great victory, and so he was ready to see the "holy city,"—a city redeemed from sin, disease, and death.

May 8, 1909

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