Jerusalem the Holy City

 

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The city of Jerusalem is The Holy City to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Temple Mount is a sacred place for all three; the site of the Great Temple, is the Holiest of Holies to Judaism; it was the site, in Christianity, where Abraham took his son, Isaac, to offer him as a sacrifice to the Lord, but thankfully was spared the awful assignment; where Jesus taught was crucified and resurrected; where the final battle at Armageddon will take place; and the site, in Islam, where the Prophet Muhammad traveled to heaven.

The name Jerusalem means “Possession of Peace,” though throughout history it has been anything but a place of peace.

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Scripture from the Bible best describes Jerusalem from the Christian perspective.

 

 

Psalm 48:1-2 Easy-to-Read Version 

The Lord is great!
He is praised throughout the city of our God, his holy mountain.
His city is such a pleasant place.
It brings joy to people from around the world.
Mount Zion is the true mountain of God.
It is the city of the great King.

 

Psalm 132:14 Easy-to-Read Version 

He said, “This will always be my place of rest.
This is where I want to sit on my throne.

 

Isaiah 49:16 International Children’s Bible 

See, I have written your name on my hand.
Jerusalem, I always think about your walls.

 

Romans 1:16 Easy-to-Read Version 

I am proud of the Good News, because it is the power God uses to save everyone who believes—to save the Jews first, and now to save those who are not Jews.

 

John 10:16 Easy-to-Read Version 

I have other sheep too. They are not in this flock here. I must lead them also. They will listen to my voice. In the future there will be one flock and one shepherd.

 

John 17:21 Easy-to-Read Version 

Father, I pray that all who believe in me can be one. You are in me and I am in you. I pray that they can also be one in us. Then the world will believe that you sent me.

 

Ephesians 2:4-5 International Children’s Bible

But God’s mercy is great, and he loved us very much. We were spiritually dead because of the things we did wrong against God. But God gave us new life with Christ. You have been saved by God’s grace.

 

Revelation 14:1 International Children’s Bible 

Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb. He was standing on Mount Zion. There were 144,000 people with him. They all had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.

 

Zechariah 14:3-9 The Message 

But then God will march out against the godless nations and fight—a great war! That’s the Day he’ll take his stand on the Mount of Olives, facing Jerusalem from the east. The Mount of Olives will be split right down the middle, from east to west, leaving a wide valley. Half the mountain will shift north, the other half south. Then you will run for your lives down the valley, your escape route that will take you all the way to Azal. You’ll run for your lives, just as you ran on the day of the great earthquake in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah. Then my God will arrive and all the holy angels with him.

What a Day that will be! No more cold nights—in fact, no more nights! The Day is coming—the timing is God’s—when it will be continuous day. Every evening will be a fresh morning.

What a Day that will be! Fresh flowing rivers out of Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea, half to the western sea, flowing year-round, summer and winter!

God will be king over all the earth, one God and only one. What a Day that will be!

 

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Lord, I admit the end times revealed in the book of Revelation scares me. I don’t think I am brave enough to live through and survive those events. I pray I will be spared being a witness to the destruction described above.

I do, though, look forward to seeing Jerusalem, the Holy City, and walking the paths Jesus would have walked. I want to breathe the air there, see the blue skies overhead, pray in the temple Jesus’ taught, hear the sounds of the city, and imagine the celebratory entrance Jesus made into the city during Holy Week.

Yes, I do want to walk the Via Dolorosa, experiencing Jesus’ path from the place Pontius Pilate washed his hands of the sentencing of Jesus at his trial, and sending him on to be beaten, whipped, and crucified on Golgotha, the place of the skull.

I am sure it will change my life forever.

Heavenly Father, bless me as I prepare for this pilgrimage. You know how much I have discovered, contemplated, and internalized already from the study of Your Word. Prepare my heart, Lord. Fill my mind with a newness of life. Walk with me; speak to me in Your still small voice; I will be listening.  Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

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