But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. Hebrews 12: 22-24
Remember Mount Sinai? Yes, that’s the mountain linked to the old covenant; the mountain where God spoke to Moses, gave the Law and instituted the covenant with the Israelites. It was a covenant of judgment and fear though.
This mountain was marked by an awesome display of God’s power that caused the people to fear and tremble before Him (Hebrews 12:18). God demonstrated His awesome holiness, and no wretched sinner could come near this mountain and live after seeing His holiness. Power was demonstrated through the physical means of thunder, lightning, fire, and smoke. The main purpose of all these signs was to show the people that they could not approach this holy God and live. Mount Sinai represented the Law.
By contrast, Mount Zion (mentioned in Hebrews 12:22) is the mountain of the new covenant: a picture of people in joyful worship, freed of condemnation, and standing in purity before a holy and righteous God. Mount Zion reflected God’s glory and emphasised righteousness. It is approachable, unlike Mount Sinai, and open to anyone who comes to God through Jesus Christ, for He has met the terms and stands in their place.
Unlike Mount Sinai, Mount Zion is open to all who come to God through Jesus Christ, for He has met the terms and stands in their place
In coming to Mount Zion ― that is, by becoming a believer — we “come” to seven other blessings seen in Hebrews 12:22-24.
How should we, who live under grace, approach this holy God?
The blood of Christ is sufficient to cleanse the sins of all men for all time
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we praise and thank You for Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son through whom we can approach You, our Father, without fear or judgment. A time is coming soon when all Your blood-bought children will be gathered together in Your heavenly city. Father, the reality of our future being in heaven with You renews our hope in this broken world. But we confess that it is not the mansions or rewards that our hearts long for — only You, Father. For it is You who are heaven to us. Till we see You face to face, give us the grace to show You our gratitude by leading a life of worship that pleases You. This we pray in the powerful name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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