I am really looking forward to what will be my seventh trip to the Holy Land later this year with a group that is answering God’s call to make the journey of discovery. I love the Old City of Jerusalem and just seeing it makes me yearn for the New Jerusalem. For everyone who has been to the Holy Land, it is a trip of lifetime. Sure, there are vacation spots that for some might be spectacular, but this trip is about our beginning, our present, our future, and our eternity with God and one another. That’s what makes it once in a lifetime!
Take for instance the Dome of the Rock. Called the most recognizable symbol in all of Jerusalem. It sits on the hallowed ground of the Temple Mount and speaks to our earliest beginnings and our hopeful endings. For the Jews, this site is precious. As tradition holds, the Dome surrounds the very rock on which Abraham offered Isaac up to God, as well as where the Holy of Holies in the Temple of the Almighty once stood and will one day be rebuilt when the Messiah that the Jews await appears to fulfill their hopes and dreams.
For the Muslims, the Dome of the Rock is an active mosque cared for and resourced for years by the King of Jordan as the spot where the prophet Muhammad ascended into the heaven. Of the holy places of Islam, this is the third behind only Mecca and Medina. It was built by design to be their emulation in space and size of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. And then for me and the billions who follow Jesus Christ as Lord, Messiah, and Savior for all mankind, this spot is significant as the approximate place called Zion or Mount Moriah where Christ will return in all His glory just as He has promised.
My point is there will be a day when all the contention, hatred, persecution, and pain will come to an end. There is a spot where the dot will come on the line and Christ will return and in an instance, our hope will be a reality by faith in Jesus Christ. Don’t be troubled by wars and rumors of wars; fully expect for the blood of the martyrs to continue to be the seed of the church as Tertullian wrote so many centuries ago. Trust that God’s grace and light in Christ will indeed overcome and the New Jerusalem will be our home forever. Hallelujah be to Jesus! Amen.