For Christians Jerusalem is the symbol for God's people living together in harmony.

Monday, 3/16/15

In our first reading today the prophet foresaw a new Jerusalem in which there “shall always be rejoicing and happiness. For I create Jerusalem to be a joy.”

That prophet spoke in 535 b.c. when the Babylonian exile was coming to an end, and God was promising to help rebuild the devastated Jerusalem.

Jerusalem has been of prime importance to many people. For the Jews it was their capitol established for all times by David. For Islam, it was the sacred rock from which the Prophet arose to heaven. For Christians it is the symbol of God’s people living together in harmony.

It is that image that is enshrined in Chapter 21 of Revelation, where John wrote that one of the seven angels, “took me in spirit to a great, and high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming out of heaven from God. It gleamed with the splendor of God.”   

That is the image of  Jerusalem in the Holy City” final verse that goes like this.

And once again the scene was changes, New earth there seemed to be,
I saw the Holy City rise beside a tideless sea.
The light o God was in the streets, the gates were opened wide,
And all who would might enter, and no one was denied.

No need for moon or stars by night, nor sun to shine by day.
It was the new Jerusalem that would not pass away.
It was the new Jerusalem that would not pass away.

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, sing for the night is o’er.
Hosanna in the highest, hosanna forever more
Hosanna in the highest, Hosanna for evermore”

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