Dr. Mike Evans
Sunday May 7, 2017
Theme – Jerusalem is a city with eternal significance. God has always been involved with events surrounding Jerusalem; all the events of our faith began there, and everything will end there. We each have an opportunity, and obligation, to be involved with Jerusalem.
All began and all will end in the city of Jerusalem
- Jerusalem is mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible.
- All events of history that have happened in Jerusalem are fulfillment of prophecy.
- Genesis 14: 18 & 20 – “Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High . . .And he gave him a tithe of all.” This important Old Testament event happened at the location of the eventual temple mount.
- It is imperative believers involve themselves with events surrounding Jerusalem.
Psalm 122:6 – Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.”
- Any nation, or group of people, that has come against Jerusalem has been destroyed. This is because God has an everlasting covenant with His people for the city. Genesis 17: 8 – Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
The spiritual battle for Jerusalem
- Satan tempted Jesus on the top of the temple. Matthew 4: 5-7 – Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you.’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”
- This event was prophesied in the Old Testament. Isaiah 14: 13 – For you have said in your heart: “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north:
Jerusalem and the Great Commission
- Each of us today has a role involving Jerusalem.
- The Book of Acts records this part of the Great Commission: Acts 1: 8 – But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
- The word “witnesses” is the Greek word “martys.” Martys can be defined as “those who have proven themselves by being a sacrifice unto Jesus.”
- When we sacrifice ourselves to Jesus we become empowered by Him.
- This clearly indicates every believer should “sacrifice themselves unto Jesus” and thereby be used by Him in the events of Jerusalem.
- Each of us has a specific assignment given us by Jesus. Be true to that assignment; be obedient to the assignment.
- We are all connected in God’s script. Jerusalem is an important location.
- We must position ourselves to receive the favor of God.
- God has favorites. There is destiny and purpose for each of us individually, as well as collectively, that involves the city of Jerusalem.
Reflective Questions for Jerusalem
- Evans mentioned several Scripture passages about Jerusalem. Which ones are most interesting to you? Why?
- The word “witnesses” in the Great Commission indicates we are to sacrifice ourselves unto Jesus. What does that mean to you?
- Evans said God has favorites. If that is true, what might one expect if we involve ourselves with things that are important to Him?
- List some ways a Christian can learn about, and then become supportive of, God’s current work in the city of Jerusalem.