In our Alphabet of Faith series we come to the last letter of the alphabet, and we conclude with a challenging letter! There are a great many Biblical characters with the letter Z, but we haven’t been doing characters. What to choose? Well, the choice was obvious.
“Z” Is for Zion
Zion refers to the main hill upon which the city of Jerusalem is built, but through history it’s become synonymous with the temple area and even the entire city of Jerusalem. The city was destroyed, as predicted by Jesus, in 70 A.D. but has since been rebuilt. Spiritually, Zion symbolizes the presence and rule and reign of God here on earth, and the worship of God too.
Diann and I have been to Zion. I will say it was an emotional experience to drive up to the walls of Jerusalem, of Zion, in our tour bus. Though the walls are not the original walls they still look ancient and they’re built on Mount Zion so the scene was definitely moving to view. There is no doubt there never has been or ever will be a more sacred or valuable piece of real estate in all the world. Until Christ returns Mount Zion, Jerusalem, will be the site of conflict.
Zion is not only called Jerusalem but also The Holy City. Many make a pilgrimage there, as Diann and I have done. And yet there’s no reason to do so. The Christian Faith is not centered in Zion or in any other geographical place. Jesus said to a woman He was chatting with at a well about whether you had to worship in Jerusalem, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24) Zion was where the temple was located, but no more! God’s temple is anyone who invites Him to take up residence in him or her.
We are pilgrims who are not on a pilgrimage to a better geographical location, Zion in the Holy Land, but on a pilgrimage to a better state of being, of being more the people God wants us to be! In a real sense the “new Zion” is you and me when we open ourselves up to God’s presence and rule and reign in our lives. There’s no place to go where you can find God more than where you are right now!
“But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly…” (Hebrews 12:22)