This is not a political statement, though it could be, and we are reminded to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. No, my thoughts are upon a recent conversation I had with Martyn in Solihull.
We have spent three Friday’s in quick succession in Solihull, due to March having a fifth Friday. This particular day in early April, the sun was out and the weather was warm. This encouraged folks to sit around and listen to the preaching. One such was Martyn, who listened to a number of us preach. After I had finished I approached him and engaged him in conversation. We had quite a lengthy conversation, all in all, but at one point Martyn mentioned a visit he had made to Jerusalem.
He said that he found it rather significant that at one point during his visit, while he meditated in a Jerusalem church, he felt lonelier than he has ever felt. I replied that it reminded me of the Bible story of the Ethiopian, who also came visiting that glorious city, looking for an answer, but went away empty. We know that because on his return journey he was still searching through the prophetic Scriptures, and only when it was pointed out to him that they spoke of Jesus Christ, did he find the fulfilment that he sought.
I suggested to Martyn that his situation was similar, and that his experience shows us clearly that the answer we seek in not found in a physical place, not even that blessed city of Jerusalem. How wonderful that we have something far better, we have a living Saviour. It is in him we find salvation and peace with God.
There will never be peace in Jerusalem, either of the political or spiritual kind until Christ’s return. Until the Prince of Peace takes up the throne of David. But praise God, we do not have to wait for that day but can know today that we …
Being Justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)