In a world with major cities on every continent . . . across a history that includes such places of prominence as Alexandria, Babylon, Athens, Rome, London, Paris, New York, Washington, and Beijing . . . there really is only one city that can say it is the most important city in the history of the world: the city of Jerusalem.
While other cities are larger (Jerusalem today is home to roughly one million people) . . . or more wealthy . . . or contain more impressive architecture . . . or house more famous artwork . . . or are home to a more influential world government — you really can’t compare any of them to Jerusalem.
It is in this city that God taught His people how to worship. It is in this city where Jesus came to die as a sacrifice for the sins of all the people. It is from this city where Messiah will one day rule the world in His millennial Kingdom. That is a resume that Wall Street or the Parthenon or the Colosseum simply cannot compete against!
I was thinking about this as we toured the Israel National Museum and walked around a 50:1 scale model of the old city of Jerusalem. It was an impressive model and helped me orient to many of the ruins I saw in the city on our tour.
A.W. Tozer once said, “The most important thing about you is what you think about when you think about God.” Like the city of Jerusalem, our connection to our Creator is more important than our nationality, how much stuff we have, or what we have accomplished. Our connection to God is the most important thing about us. It is what defines us.
Are you connected to Jesus Christ? Is He who defines you?