June 23, 2019

THE NEW MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB

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Passage: Hebrews 12:14-29
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“Unsurpassed – Savior and Lord” is our current sermon series which looks into the book of Hebrews.  Two mountains are described.  One is clouded in fear and dread.  Jesus referred to this mountain (Mt. Zion) in Matthew 23:  "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. 38 Look, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"

The other mountain is described in our passage as: … But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God.  Under the new covenant mediated by Jesus we are invited to come near rather than being told to keep our distance.  We can live in joy rather than fear.  What can be our response other than v. 28?  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.

 

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