Mount Sinai vs. Mount Zion

“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel” (Hebrews 12:22-24).

At Mount Sinai God sought to instill an essential and healthy reverence in His people so that they would ever fear Him and keep His commandments. At Mount Calvary God sought to ignite a profuse and warm love for Him so that all people would believe and obey the gospel.

The lavishness of the blessings of Mount Calvary is incalculable: a home in heaven, the city of the living God; a common bond with an innumerable company of angels; a heavenly inheritance as a firstborn son of God; fellowship with God–the Judge of all, with holy men and women who have gone on before, and with Jesus–the Mediator of the new covenant whose atoning blood provides superlative spiritual blessings.

Both of these Mounts play vital roles in God’s eternally purposed plan of redemption, but Mount Sinai with its blessings is dwarfed by the blessings found at Mount Calvary.

Therefore, dear Christian, do not fall short of the grace of God (Hebrews 12:15); rather, “let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28-29).

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