“So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood. So let us go out to him, outside the camp, and bear the disgrace he bore. For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.” Hebrews 13:12-14 NLT
When we identify with Jesus and His death, joining Him in His Kingdom outside the world’s “city gates”, our residential status changes. Our spiritual passports record that we are now “Citizens of the Kingdom of God”. This world has become our temporary lodgings. A place where we are just passing through. And in the world’s eyes it may involve “disgrace” as we suffer the same rejection that Jesus did.
You see, through Jesus’ blood we are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that [we] may declare the praises of Him who called [us] out of darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9. Folks, there’s no going back to a monochrome dark existence when we have a technicolour world waiting for us in the age to come. But why would we want to?