CALLED TO MOUNT ZION

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Pastor Leigh preached from the Book of Hebrews, chapter 12 and verses 18 to 24. He said that most commentators believe that the Book of Hebrews was written by the Apostle Paul. No one else had the height of understanding of the doctrines of the faith as he. Pastor Leigh reminded us that the general theme of the Book of Hebrews is the supremacy of Christ as a priest, prophet and sacrifice. The Jews who became born again were confused and could not distinguish between the Jewish form of worship and the spiritual one introduced by Christ.  The New Covenant replaced the Old one. The priests of the order of Aaron died and could not continue to serve God. But Jesus came as an eternal High Priest of the order of Melchizedek, the priest and king who lives forever. In the Old Testament animals were sacrificed to atone for sins. The sacrifice was superficial and could not cleanse the conscience of the worshippers. They could not atone for the sins of the spirit. But now, Jesus died and His Blood is able to wash away all sins. Jesus is our sinless, holy and eternal High Priest. We need no other. Christ is enough for us! He is the Son of Man and the Son of God. That is why, as children of God, there is no need for us to panic. No weapon fashioned against us can ever prosper because Jesus makes intercession forever! At the name of Jesus every knee must and will bow! Jesus Christ is the Man amongst men! This is the supremacy of spiritual warfare and worship in Zion.

 

In the past, the people of God gathered at the foot of Mount Sinai. Moses told them to prepare to meet God. They thought that will appear as ‘an old man’. To their surprise, the mountain started shaking; fire and smoke were seen on top of the mountain, with thundering and lightening. The trumpet was blowing louder and louder. Then God spoke. The people of God ran away and told Moses that they cannot endure to hear such a fearful voice. Let Moses speak and not God. But we are not called to that mountain of fire and fear. When God wants to speak to you, He will call you out of the world, into the desert. That is Mount Zion.  The difference between Mount Sinai and Mount Zion is the difference between law and grace. I cannot obey all the commandments. But on Mount Zion, I can believe in Jesus. My faith in Jesus is the same as obeying the law. That is one reason why Zion is superior to Sinai.

 

There are two places called Zion: the first one is the city of Jerusalem. The second is the spiritual place of worship, according to the Davidic Covenant which is based on grace (Ps 9:11; Ps 76:2).   Symbolically, Zion stands for the place where God dwells; it is the seat of God’s Throne; it is the spiritual birth place of all the children of God; it is the object of all divine promises; it is the place where you will hear the call of God to ministry; It is the place where the Blood of Jesus speaks mercy, forgiveness and freedom for you. Finally, it is the place where you kneel down and you simply worship the Lover of your soul!

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