Here in the Service of the Sacrament, heaven and earth meet. The book of Hebrews pulls back the curtain to the spiritual realm that is around us:
“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel” (Hebrews 12:22-24).
Behold the mystery of the Divine Service. When gathered for the Lord’s Supper, we are brought into the heavenly Jerusalem. The city prepared by God. Surrounding us are all the saints and angels of heaven. We join them in the marriage feast of the Lamb. All our loved ones who died in the Lord are present and are a part of “the assembly of the firstborn” “the spirits of the righteous made perfect”.
How awesome is that? When we go to Divine Service, we visit the heavenly Jerusalem!