MT. ZION……OUTSIDE THE CAMP
“Unsurpassed – Savior and Lord,” our current sermon series, which looks into the book of Hebrews concludes this Sunday. Verses 12 – 14 of this last chapter are key: 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. According to Jewish customs then on the day of Atonement the sacrifices were handled in a unique way. The life blood of the animals was shed in the Tabernacle or Temple area but their bodies were to be burned outside the camp or city. In the same way the crucifixion of Jesus took place outside of Jerusalem’s walls. This added even more disgrace to the way in which our Savior died. As His followers we are now called to “go to Him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore.” Can we leave our “camps” that promise security and belonging? Our identity is now caught up in Him and not in our ethnicity, nationality, denomination, or class. We know this world is not our home. Yet we don’t abandon this world and walk away from our unbelieving friends. For we are hopeful that someday, they too, will choose to follow Jesus and migrate to Mt Zion, the city that is to come.