The city of Zion, also known as Jerusalem, is the site of much of the LORD’s wondrous workings throughout time. Theologian David Guzik wrote of Jerusalem,
“There Melchezidek, king and priest of God Most High, reigned and served. There Abraham was willing to offer Isaac on the mount of the LORD where His perfect sacrifice would be provided. There David, Israel’s greatest earthly king, reigned and made it the kingdom’s capital. There the tabernacle of God found its fulfillment and permanence in the great temple David designed and Solomon built. There the institutions of sacrifice, worship, and priestly service were established for centuries. There Jesus recognized and honored the city and observed the feasts and temple rituals. There Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead. There the Church was born in a day at Pentecost. There the apostles served and sent out the Gospel.”
The LORD has indeed done great things in, around, and through Jerusalem. He has promised also to one day establish a new Kingdom of His own at the site of this holy City. A New Jerusalem will one day be established, where God will rule over and dwell with His people. Who will be qualified to be a part of His new Kingdom on earth? The LORD says that He will be the One to establish it. His invitation is extended to both the Jew and the Gentile, and He will consider all who know Him inheritors of the citizenship. Even people of surrounding nations, former enemies of Israel – Rahab (Egypt), Babylon, Philistia, Tyre, Cush – all who have come to know and love the LORD will find their home there with Him. “This one and that one were born in Jerusalem,” will be God’s decree. The one born again in faith will find new life within the City and will have claim to it forever.
Citizenship will be determined not by birth, but by belief. All inhabitants of the New Jerusalem will be united not only in location, but in allegiance to the One True God. Rejoice then, believer, as you encounter members of the Family of God on earth. For by the LORD’s grace, one day you will dwell together with them in His glorious Kingdom.