Look closely at the foundations stones of the City of God. Did you notice that there are names written there? Curious names.
There are many ancient Greek and Roman monuments that bear the names and likenesses of noble persons. Yet in all of ancient Rome and Athens there is not one that mentions Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James the Less, Simon, Thaddeus or Matthias. These men were not honored by the societies in which they lived. But their names are etched into the foundation stones of the City of God.
Other names are written there: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Zebulun, Issachar, Dan, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Joseph, Benjamin. One of these brothers rose to greatness—Joseph was Pharaoh’s prime minister. But there is no sphinx that bears his likeness. No hieroglyphics record the account of how he saved Egypt from famine. But Joseph and his brothers have a gate named after them in the heavenly city, etched in pearl by the finger of God.
All the names on the foundations and on the gates of the City of God are the names of sinners. They are the names of imperfect men who sought perfect foundations. Here is a city for sinners, redeemed sinners. And those who walk on these foundations and enter these gates will draw courage from the sight of those names. Here is a city where all prodigals can come home.