22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. 25 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? — Hebrews 12:22-25 NIV
When God gave the law to Moses at Mt. Sinai, the children of Israel were warned not to touch the mountain or they would die. Mt. Sinai represents the law and the law brings death.
6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. — 2 Cor. 3:22-24 NIV
Mt Zion is the heavenly Jerusalem and represents grace and salvation. We not only get to touch it but we are invited to join in the joyful assembly of those whose names are written in heaven. When we come to Mt. Zion, it should remind us of coming to Jesus who shed His blood on the cross for us. With His blood, He has cleansed us and clothed us in His righteousness. He has mediated a new covenant that brings life, not death. The Holy Spirit calls each of us to repent of our sins. If we continually refuse to heed the warning, we run the risk that our consciences will become “seared over”. At that point, the Holy Spirit will have no way to communicate with us and we can no longer hear the call to repentance.
2 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.– 1 Timothy 4:2 NIV
So, while we can still hear the call to repentance, let us run to the mountain of grace, fall on our knees and join in with the church of the firstborn worshiping our Savior and Lord.
1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. — Psalm 48:1-2 KJV