Today she also wore diamonds, but this time in her hair. She had a diamond encrusted banana clip. I haven't seen one of those in years.
Our high energy guide probably has been to the Forbidden City hundreds of times. Consequently, she didn't like us to dawdle. Or in other words, her pace was faster than I preferred.
There is absolutely amazing symbolism between the Forbidden City and the work of Jesus to allow us to enter the Heavenly Forbidden City. We had no access to Heaven because of our sins separated us from God. The commoners in China were unworthy to enter the Forbidden City. There was a center gate in the walls of the Forbidden City which only the emperor could pass through. Jesus became our gateway. Through Jesus perfect life on our behalf, he allowed us to be clothed in royalty- princes and princesses in the only kingdom that endures. We can enter where we were once unpermitted.
The emperors wished for what all humans wish for...the unattainable. According to the guide, the emperors sought longevity. Alas, they missed the significance of the Prince turned commoner who unlocked the gates to the true Forbidden City. Eternal life and right standing before God had become attainable in the death and resurrection of Jesus before their dynasties had ever been established.
The building placements in the Forbidden City were very reminiscent of the Old Testament (OT) layout of the temple. Only the emperor could enter the inner sanctum. Only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies. There were outer courts and a place to burn incense to please the spirits. What fragrance they wasted on false gods.
There were huge bronze basins that held water just like in the OT. To the Chinese, water represents stillness pervading. In the OT, water was important to cleanse the unclean. I know from my own life that stillness of conscience pervades only when I grasp that the water that flowed from Christ side is enough to clean the full wickedness of my heart.