Jerusalem? There Is No "Holy Land" John 4:21 - Only 'Without The Camp'   [CHM 1820-1896]

John 4:21 'Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father'

If the sufferings of Christ have secured us an entrance into heaven, the place where He suffered expresses our rejection from earth. His death has procured us a city on high; the place where He died divests us of a city below.

"He suffered without the gate," [Heb. 13:12] and, in so doing, He set aside Jerusalem as the present centre of divine operation. There is no such thing, now, as a consecrated spot on the earth. Christ has taken His place, as a suffering One, outside the range of this world's religion — its politics, and all that pertains to it.

The world hated Him, and cast Him out. Wherefore, the word is, "go forth" [without the camp - Heb. 13:13]. This is the motto, as regards every thing that men would set up here, in the form of a "camp," no matter what that camp may be. If men set up "a holy city," you must look for a rejected Christ "without the gate." [Heb. 13:12]

If men set up a religious camp, call it by what name you please, you must "go forth" out of it, in order to find a rejected Christ. It is not that blind superstition will not grope amid the ruins of Jerusalem [Rev. 11:8], in search of relics of Christ. It assuredly will do so, and has done so. It will affect to find out, and do honour to, the site of His cross, and to His sepulchre.

Nature's covetousness, too, taking advantage of nature's superstition, has carried on, for ages, a lucrative traffic, under the crafty plea of doing honour to the so-called sacred localities of antiquity. But a single ray of light from Revelation's heavenly lamp, is sufficient to enable us to say that you must "go forth" of all these things, in order to find and enjoy communion with a rejected Christ. [Rev. 18:4]   C.H. Mackintosh (CHM) 1820-1896

John 4:23 'But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him'  [John 4:24]


i7sharp said...

Thank you for this thought-provoking article.
It makes me want to search the scriptures more closely, more often, and more prayerfully - with the help of the Holy Ghost.

tom m. said...

searching the scriptures more closely, prayerfully - me too

natalia frolova said...

Yes, always pray for the Holy Spirit to give understanding while reading the scriptures.

Some wonderful peaceful music set to Psalm 51 in the KJV.

Listen To Magnificient Russian Orthodox Christian Chant - Psalm 50 And 51

Many of the Orthodox chants always sound so humble, stoic, and without ego. This really captures the early Christian spirit.

this chanting of the psalm of humility repentance gives me a feeling of infinite peace May God bless you all

Gregorio ALLEGRI - Miserere Mei, Deus (+ Lyrics / OXFORD, Choir of New College)


Miserere Mei Deus, Have Mercy on Me O God (Psalm 50(51)) - Gregorio Allegri Polyphonic Hymn


John 3:14
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:”

John 12:32
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”