Thanks for posting this, which I found here via Google when the original URL I had, didn’t work.
It’s a moving rendition but I think what brought out the tears for me was the thought of that place. I’ve always wondered whether I would actually be able to go into the Coliseum – a place of such evil and suffering that not even two thousand years is enough time for it to fade away.
So the singing is not only “about” God’s grace but is also actively representing the grace that transcends time.
This beautiful song which is quintessential a Christian hymn makes me think of my love for my Christian brothers and our bond. Growing up Jewish in Texas my childhood friends were mostly Christian and we grew up together sharing wonderful times — sports, hunting, hot rods, girls, etc. I would fight shoulder to shoulder with these guys to preserve our brotherhood.
The Temple is a prominent Biblical image, which has both literal physical properties and metaphoric and spiritual properties. The New Testament Temple is not a building in Jerusalem, but rather the dwelling of the Holy Spirit, the people of God. Coming to the Temple is gathering in fellowship with His people and His Spirit.