Jesus and Jerusalem
During Jesus’ short stay on this planet, highlighted by His 42 months as the revealed Son of Man, He often spoke of a coming entrance into Jerusalem that would be a special turning point. Jesus knew that He must enter Jerusalem one final time and there to experience
“all things that the prophets had written about Him.” (Luke 18:31)
Here’s what Jerusalem meant for Jesus:
Jesus was presented at the Temple for circumcision on his eighth day. (Luke 2:21)
Jesus went up to Jerusalem for Passover when he was twelve and stayed in the Temple discussing Torah with the teachers. He remarked to his anxious parents, “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:41)
As the time approached for Him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem! (Luke 9:51)
As He was walking, heading toward Jerusalem, Jesus said to His disciples, “I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed!” (Luke 12:50)
“I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem” (Luke 13:33)
Why was it so significant that Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem, God’s chosen city on earth? It was here in the tiny village of Jerusalem — no large than ten acres — that King David 1000 years earlier defeated his enemies and took the city to be God’s Capital City on earth! Christ freely gave Himself up to those who wanted to kill Him in Jerusalem to die a substitutionary death as the Second Adam for the world, knowing that His death in Jerusalem would ONE DAY be revisited!
The Period Of Restoration of ALL THINGS
“[Jesus] Whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.” (Acts 3:21)
When “all things” spoken by God through His holy prophets is restored and made right Jesus Christ will be released from Heaven and will again walk on this earth. The Gospel of the Kingdom is not complete until we can tell the ends of the earth that not only did Jesus die a unselfish death 2000 years ago for us in Jerusalem but that someday, possibly in the near future, He will again walk the streets of Jerusalem… this time as King of kings and Lord of lords! (Rev 19:16)
Blessed are all who take refuge in Him. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. (Revelation 19:15)
Jerusalem is the city where God has chosen to dwell forever.
When King Solomon desired to build a house for God and honor the wishes of his father David, he built the temple in Jerusalem. Thereafter, Jerusalem began to occupy a chosen place in the divine plan. Jerusalem is mentioned more than any other city in Scripture: more than 800 times. Jerusalem is also commonly referred to as Zion, Mount Zion and Salem.
“For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it” (Psalm 132:13-14).
The LORD said to him (Solomon), “I have heard your prayer and your supplication, which you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built (in Jerusalem) by putting My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.” (I Kings 9:3)
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain. Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King. Psalm 48:1-2
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shone forth. Psalm 50:2
God is known in Judah; His name is great in Israel. His tabernacle is in Salem; His dwelling place also is in Zion. Psalm 76:1-2
Blessed be the LORD from Zion, Who dwells in Jerusalem. Praise the LORD! Psalm 135:21
Just days before His death, Jesus prophecised to the religious leaders in Jerusalem that ONE DAY they would welcome Him back into their city. He would first go back to His Father to receive a kingdom.
“A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return… “When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him” (Luke 19:12,15)
Jerusalem will be the seat of Messiah’s Millennial Kingdom. Jerusalem is said to be the Holy Place for three religions yet Jerusalem is mentioned nearly 800 times in the Bible but not once in the Koran!
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!’” (Mtt 23: 37-39)
Zechariah’s prophecy prominently chronicles the future period for Jerusalem when Jesus physically returns triumphantly to set up His Millennial reign (Zech. 14:9), transform the city’s topography (14:8, 10), and calling the nations to worship Him (14:16-19).
Finally in the last few chapters of the Bible we see a Heavenly Jerusalem descend from the skies to rest forever on earth as the New Jerusalem, where there is no sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. No death, pain or suffering! Everything will be made new!
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.”