NOT IN JERUSALEM!: THE CONVERSATION JESUS HAD WITH THE WOMAN AT THE WELL AT SYCHAR IN SAMARIA HAS BEEN MEMORIALISED IN SERMON AND SONG, but one significant statement Christ made is generally overlooked. He said: Woman, believe me, the hour comes when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall you worship the Father. (John 4:21)
He went on to say that true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth (John 4:23), and many strongly emphasize this statement. However, His statement in verse 21 doesn’t seem to have registered with most people in the churches, as they continue to idolize Jerusalem as The Holy City and hanker to visit The Holy Land and see the sacred places.
While Jerusalem was indeed the special city of God under the Mosaic law, the prophets did not hesitate to reveal that it was to come under severe condemnation and to be supplanted by something greater and better, as revealed in the 16th chapter of Ezekiel. In fact, it was Moses himself who predicted that the nation would fall into disobedience, and in the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy he derailed the fearful consequences that Jerusalem would suffer in its destruction.
The message of Moses accords with the words of Jesus after He exposed the gross wickedness of the religious leaders in Jerusalem during His time on earth, in a flesh body. Fill up then the measure of your fathers–-Behold your house is left unto you desolate… (Matthew 23:32-39)