On May 14, 2018, the United States of America opened an embassy in Jerusalem while telling Israel, “You are not alone.” Such words are reassuring to a small nation that has been under siege since its modern rebirth 70 years ago on May 14, 1948. On that day Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion pronounced the words: “We hereby proclaim the establishment of the Jewish state in Palestine, to be called Israel.” Ben-Gurion became Israel’s first premier. The crowd broke out in applause, cheers, and tears. The same effect was produced in another generation when President Donald J. Trump did what none of his predecessors had the courage to do, officially recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel.

I can hope that the words, “Israel, you are not alone!” will be carved on the wall of the American embassy, and engraved on the heart of every Israeli, and every person who appreciates and loves the Jewish race.

Israel, you are not alone because God has made a covenant with Abraham. The Lord God omnipotent keeps His word. In the covenant the Lord promised Abraham land. “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:” (Gen. 12:1). The boundaries of the covenant land go far beyond the small piece of land Israel occupies today. The biblical Promised Land includes part of Egypt, a portion of Saudi Arabia, all of modern Jordan, all of Lebanon, and most of Syria (Gen. 15:18-21).

Israel, you are not alone because God will raise up nations and world leaders to be your allies. America is a faithful ally of Israel. President Barack Hussein Obama severely strained that alliance with his hostile attitude towards Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the people of Israel. In the providence of God, Mr. Obama, and his cronies are gone from the stage of human history, soon to be heard from no more, as they are overshadowed by the colossal personality of President Trump, who makes promises, and keeps his word.

Israel, you are not alone because so many Christians around the world are praying for the peace of Jerusalem. There are two great reasons why Christians pray for Israel. First, it is a royal command. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee” (Psalms 122:6). Second, there is a blessing for those who honor Israel. “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 12:3).

Israel, you are not alone because the LORD loves you with an everlasting love. “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jer. 31:3). Because the LORD loves you, He will watch over you. “Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalms 121:4).

Because of God’s great love and watchfulness, He has provided not only for your national physical security, but your personal eternal security by faith in the Messiah, Jesus Christ. “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

Many descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have embraced Jesus as the Messiah. After meeting Jesus, Andrew ran to tell Peter that he has found the Messiah (John 1:41).

In a conversation with Jesus, a Samaritan woman said she knew the Messiah was coming. Jesus replied, “I who speak to you am he” (John 4:25-26).

When Jesus asked His disciples who they thought He was, Peter answered, “You are the Christ.” (Matt. 16:16; Mark 8:29; Luke 9:20).

During the Triumphal Entry, the crowds shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” The Gospel author explains that this fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 (cf. Matt. 21:4-9).

When Jesus went to trial before the Sanhedrin, the Jewish high court, the high priest asked Him if He was “the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus replied, “I Am” (Mark 14:61-62).

Either Jesus was a liar, He was a lunatic, or He was—and is, King of kings, and Lord of lords.

Come to Christ. Embrace Him as your savior and know you are not alone, not in time, and not in eternity.

“Jesus Messiah”

He became sin, who knew no sin
That we might become His righteousness
He humbled himself and carried the cross

Love so amazing, love so amazing

Jesus Messiah, name above all names
Blessed redeemer, Emmanuel
The rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven
Jesus Messiah, Lord of all

His body the bread, his blood the wine
Broken and poured out all for love
The whole earth trembled, and the veil was torn

Love so amazing, love so amazing, yeah

Jesus Messiah, name above all names
Blessed redeemer, Emmanuel
The rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven.
Jesus Messiah, Lord of all

All our hope is in You, all our hope is in You
All the glory to You, God, the light of the world
Jesus Messiah, name above all names

Blessed redeemer, Emmanuel
The rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven
Jesus Messiah, Lord of all.”

Chris Tomlin


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