by John Barnett

Jerusalem – My Jerusalem
John Barnett
Acts 1:8

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem . . . Has the Jerusalem in the Scriptures ever become your Jerusalem? Can you say, Jerusalem, My Jerusalem?

Hearing the word Jerusalem evokes many sensations to my mind. Old and gray stone walls, crowded and winding streets and the thick, pungent scent of spices from distant lands. Then I see a heavily laden donkeys clip clopping down the narrow cobble stone streets. And on the way out, passing one of the pock marked gates. Each a silent witnesses to centuries of mortal conflict that swirls around this city.

But most of all, Jerusalem is my favorite city. Why? Because Jerusalem is GOD'S CITY, GOD'S CLOCK AND GOD'S CANVAS.

GOD'S CITY because He has chosen Jerusalem (I Kings 11:13). In Psalm 87:2,3 we read, 'The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwelling places of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of you, oh city of God.' Some of the earliest maps put Jerusalem as the center of the world. From the Lord’s perspective they were right.

Jerusalem is also GOD'S CLOCK. The close of world history is tied to this little city. All the world will focus on it as the Wrath of God is poured out in the Tribulation. And fallen human history culminates with Jesus Christ's descent to the Mount of Olives. The Creator returns to restore His fallen Paradise.

Another beautiful truth is that Jerusalem is GOD'S CANVAS. In the Word of God this city has seven beautiful sides. Each speaks to us if we are to fulfill Christ's last words and reach our world. For in a very vivid way, Jerusalem portrays all that this world needs!

Where does the history of Jerusalem begin? The first mention of this city on God's canvas is in Genesis 14:18. To Abraham it becomes a CITY OF THE MYSTERY CHRIST'S INCARNATION. "And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he ...

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