Berlin, Germany

German flag

German flag

After the 3 Scandinavia countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden), we went to Rostock, Germany, where we took a 3-hour bus ride to Berlin. Previously I thought Berlin was part in W. Germany and part in E. Germany, but actually W. Berlin was completely enclosed within E. Berlin. Before the Berlin wall was torn down, even though W. Berlin folks were “free”, they had to pass through the checkpoints to E. Berlin to go elsewhere in the “free world”. It was a little like Christian life on earth. While we have freedom in Christ, we still live in this fallen world and are subject to all its decay and corruption. We are delivered from the penalty and power of sin, but not yet from the presence of sin, just as W. Berliners were liberated but still had to live with the presence of Soviet forces. We look forward to Christ’s return, when the children of God will be saved from even the presence of sin. That will be the breakdown of not just the iron curtain, but the “sin” curtain. Hallelujah!

Part of what remained of the Berlin Wall.

Part of what remained of the Berlin Wall.

Checkpoint Charlie in background, under US flag. Charlie stands for C i.e. Checkpoint #3.

Checkpoint Charlie in background, under US flag. Charlie stands for C i.e. Checkpoint #3.

KaDeWe, the largest department store in Europe with 60,000 sq. m. floor space.

KaDeWe, the largest department store in Europe with 60,000 sq. m. floor space.

Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin's triumphal arch.

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s triumphal arch.

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