Last week we looked at Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem on a donkey a day which we celebrate as Palm Sunday or the Triumphal Entry.
Today I want to continue our journey with a look at the Mount of Olives. It was from this vantage point, some 2700 feet high, that one could see Jerusalem in which Jesus wept over prior to His Triumphal Entry. He looked over the city He loved and of course its people the Jews knowing they would reject Him as their savior and the terrible destruction that would result in 70 AD, and wept. It was here also that He gave His ‘Olivet Discourse’ describing the prophetic future of Jerusalem and important signs of the end of this world (Mt. 24).
More importantly this is where Jesus ascended back to heaven after paying for all our sins. It is also where the glory of God left the temple of Solomon and Jerusalem (Ezekiel 11:22-23). It doesn’t end there for there is another prophesy recorded in Zechariah 14:4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. Here is where He will return to earth to bring with Him His true church and into a new heaven and earth. This return is validated by an angel in Acts 1:11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
We are to look for, long for and pray for Jesus, the Messiah’s return like the apostles at His ascension. His return is guaranteed and we must be ready as if it were today.
Are you ready to meet your God?
Pr. Bob Snitzer
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Today 2:30 Confirmation
Sunday 28, 9:00 Morning Lenten worship. Sermon: Living Last Supper.
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