TUESDAY, MARCH 5
“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and 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 ESV
A TALE OF TWO MOUNTAINS: MOUNT ZION
Do you remember the story “The Little Engine That Could?” A trainload of toys was being taken over the mountain to all the children in Sunshine Valley, but unfortunately the engine broke down. One by one different engines came by, but none were willing to take the trainload of toys over the mountain. At last a small blue switching engine happened by, and all the toys asked if it would please take them to all the boys and girls on the other side of the mountain. The little blue engine hooked itself up to the trainload of toys and began the journey over the mountain. As the Little Engine began to pull the toys up the mountain, you could hear it saying “I think I can, I think I can. . . ” At long last the Little engine crested the top of the mountain and as it started its descent into Sunshine Valley it could be heard singing, “I thought I could, I thought I could . . .”
In Hebrews 12:22-24, Mount Zion is a mountain that reminds us that we can make it to God’s presence. Mount Zion is a reminder of God’s grace that we can receive through Jesus. Mount Zion is the opposite of what we learned about Mount Sinai yesterday. Charles Spurgeon said of these two opposite mountains, “Every good thing is enhanced in value by its opposite. Light is all the brighter to eyes that have wept in darkness; food is all the sweeter after you have known hunger; and Zion is all the fairer because of Sinai. The contrast between free grace and law makes grace appear the more precious to minds that have known the rigor of the commandment.”
On Mount Sinai God is a consuming fire, whereas on Mount Zion He is consuming love. On Mount Zion Jesus has won the race of faith for us and all we must do is put our faith in His finished works. Now the author of Hebrews is going to ask us to run with faith and passion because we have received God’s grace. Over the next few days we will review what running with passion looks like. When did you first learn that your works could not get you into heaven? When did you first place a saving faith in what Jesus did for you by dying for your sins? Thank God for Mount Zion.