Jerusalem Pilgrims

Jerusalem Pilgrims
Many people have made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and many more will in the future. But have you ever asked yourself why you should bother to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem? Well, the Bible offers a few reasons why you should make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem!

Jerusalem is known by many names, such as Zion, and the city of David. However, the greatest group of titles for Jerusalem are those that refer to it as being the city of God. So this is one reason why you should make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem; simply because it is the city of God!

The book of Psalms refers to Jerusalem as the city of God many times. Jerusalem is also referred to as the city of God in the New Testament, specifically in Hebrews chapter twelve verse twenty two which says in the King James Version: “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem...” Revelation chapter three verse twelve also refers to Jerusalem as the city of God: “... and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem...”

The Lord Himself refers to Jerusalem, and no other place on earth, as His city! This alone should be enough reason to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem! The last chapter of the Old Testament Book of Isaiah, verse twenty, informs us that: “And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD... to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD...”

People make pilgrimages to holy places and holy sites. Jerusalem fits this description as is evidences by the many references to it in the Bible as “the holy City”. Isaiah chapter forty eight verse two says: “For they call themselves of the holy city...” Isaiah chapter fifty two verse one reads: “Awake, awake, put on strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garment, O Jerusalem, the holy city: “Nehemiah chapter eleven also refers to Jerusalem as the holy city. Verse one says: “...to dwell in Jerusalem the holy city.” And verse eighteen informs us that: “All the Levites in the holy city were two hundred fourscore and four.”

The term “holy city” is also used in the New Testament. The Gospel book of Matthew mentions it twice, in chapter four verse five and in chapter twenty seven verse fifty three. The former talks of the temptation of Jesus: “Then the devil took him up into the holy city...” The latter talks of the people who resurrected after Jesus died on the cross. The people who had been dead “came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city...”

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