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GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH
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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