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The Sharia of Christ in the GOSPEL
F - Commandments of Christ related to our Duties towards God (WORSHIP)

6. PILGRIMAGE IN THE GOSPELS


Summary


Luke 2:41-42 -- 41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast.
John 7:2-37 -- 2 Now the Jews' Feast of Tabernacles was at hand. 3 His brothers therefore said to Him, "Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing. … 10 But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. … 14 Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught. … 37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink."
John 11:55-56 -- 55 And the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went from the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves. 56 Then they sought Jesus, and spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple, "What do you think -- that He will not come to the feast?"
John 12:12-13 -- 12 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him.
John 13:28-29 -- 28 But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him. 29 For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, "Buy those things we need for the feast," or that he should give something to the poor.
Matthew 26:3-5 -- 3 Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4 and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him. 5 But they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people."
John 4:20-45 -- 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship." 21 Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. … 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." … 45 So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, having seen all the things He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they also had gone to the feast.

Summary

The Children of Jacob believe that the Lord was present on the atonement cover of the Ark of the Covenant, which contained the two tablets of the Law of Moses. In that place, individuals, the priests, and even the whole nation were reconciled with God in the temple through innumerable sacrifices. The Ark of the Covenant was placed in Shiloh after the 40 years’ wandering of the nation in the wilderness. The Philistines attacked Shiloh and the Ark of the Covenant fell into their hands as booty (1 Samuel 4). But later they sent it back to Israel. It was brought first to Bethshemesh. There the Ark remained neglected for years, until king David brought it to Jerusalem around B.C. 1000 (2 Samuel 6). Since that day, the Ark has become the center of worship of the people of the Old Testament. The children of the nation raced from everywhere on their feasts such as the Passover, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and the Day of Tabernacles to receive power, protection, and guidance from the Lord of the Covenant, and to confirm their commitment to the Law of Moses. They had to cancel all other centers of sacrifices among the people.

In the time of Jesus, devout Jewish families customarily attended the Passover at Jerusalem. Jesus, being twelve years old, was approaching the normal age for being initiated into Judaism. So he went up with his parents, on their Jewish pilgrimage, to Jerusalem, and kept the Passover at Jerusalem yearly. The first place we find him in at Jerusalem was the temple, where he taught his new law, healed the sick, and announced the coming of the kingdom of God.

Jesus was in himself the completion of the Passover. Even the apostle Paul observed the rules of the Jewish pilgrimage (Acts 20:16; 21:24-26). But when Jesus had taken away the sins of the world, and reconciled his believers with God the Father, and after the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the church of Christ, all the requirements and conditions of this pilgrimage became invalid. Stephen declared that God does not dwell in temples made with hands, but he dwells in the hearts of his saints, for they are the temple of God in all times and places. The reconciliation was effected on the cross, and God appeared everywhere in the hearts of those who loved Jesus (John 4:21-24). The unity of Christians is effected in all parts of the earth, wherever the Holy Spirit dwells in those who believe in their Savior. Therefore, there is no necessity, in the New Testament, for any pilgrimage, ceremonial processions, or ecumenical organization of any kind, for Christ is the head of his church, and we are his spiritual body. We are not in need of any geographical position to go to, for he is present with us everywhere. He is the beginning and the end. In his second coming, all will hasten to him in the true pilgrimage. He who believes in him will see the glory of God, as is stated: "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.” (Revelation 21:3)

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