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GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH
Tacoma, Washington

 

 

September 2018

 
Mount Zion


Dear Christian Friends.

Hundreds of years before King David conquered Jerusalem and Solomon built a temple there, Abraham  and his son Isaac came to a mountain then known as Mount Moriah (Gen 22).  There, God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son in offering to Him.  As Abraham raised his knife to kill Isaac, the angel of the Lord stopped the sacrifice.  In place of Isaac the angel provided a ram for sacrifice.  God provided a substitute to die in place of His children. 

On this mountain, Solomon built his temple for the Lord (1 Kings 6).  Here, sacrifice for the sins of God’s people was offered.  Here, God dwelt in glory.  Here, a lost book was found and taken to heart by God’s people (2 Kings 22).  After this temple was destroyed by the Babylonians, ca 587 BC (2 Kings 23), it was rebuilt, first by Jewish exiles returning to the Promised Land (Ezra 3-6), and then again by King Herod at the time of Christ (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, xv, ch 11). 

To this temple mountain God’s Son came, first as an infant (Luke 2.22-38), then as a young man (Luke 2.41-50), and finally as the promised Messiah (Luke 22.66ff).  In this temple, in the chambers of the Council (the Sanhedrin), Jesus was condemned to die in our place.  Once and for all, God provided the Lamb for sacrifice, for the sins of all mankind (John 1.36). 

Amidst our earthly struggles, we respond to God’s presence in our lives in differing ways.  When we think of the Lord in all His glory and power, we fear Him as did the Israelites at Mount Sinai (Hebrews 12.18-24).  When we seem abandoned in a world of hostility to His very name, we complain to Him in prayer.  We come to Him, trusting Him to provide us relief. 

The Holy Scriptures promise us a better mountain (Isaiah 25).  God invites us to think about His heavenly Mount Zion, where we will one day live forever, for Jesus’ sake.  Here are gathered a countless number of angels in praise of God the Almighty.  Here Christ’s own dear children live, finally free from sin, death and the power of the devil.  Here Christ Jesus Himself lives to all eternity. 

When we keep our eyes focused on this mountain, nothing that we face in this life overwhelms us.  The heights of the heavenly Zion stand out above all fear, pain and suffering.  Filling us with the hope of heaven, God enables us to continue onward in our earthly journey.

 

  
Noel D. Koss
, Interim Minister    


   

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