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The New Jerusalem and the New Eden (Rev. 21:9-22:5)

One of my favorite scenes in the movie The Longest Day is that of a British commando who has been given the task of holding an important bridge until the tanks from the landings on D-Day can get there.  At the briefing prior to being dropped behind enemy lines to attack and take the bridge from the Germans, he was told, “Hold until relieved.”  Throughout the mission, and especially from the time they capture the bridge and then begin to have to defend it against successive, brutal counterattacks, those words ring in his ears: “Hold until relieved.”  Finally, he hears the British tanks coming, and he realizes his mission has succeeded.  To be honest, it’s hard for me to watch that and not get a bit emotional.  Given the odds, it was remarkable and a feat of incredible bravery that he and his command were able to hold until relieved. In a similar way our Lord has given each and every Christian the same marching orders.  We are to “withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand

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