Many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the Lord of Heaven’s Armies and to ask for his blessing. (Zechariah 8:22)

Thought:

Although there is no mention of his name, this passage for Christmas day looks forward to the day when Jesus will come. On that day the traditional fasts and mourning of the Jews will be over, to replaced with joy and celebrations. Peoples from all over the world will turn to The Lord in Jerusalem and they will focus on one Jewish man in particular because they will know he has God within him. It is a prophesy of God’s new covenant with us through his son, Jesus – Immanuel – God with us (Matthew 1:23). Today, as Christians, we celebrate the day that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born and came to live as one of us. As recommended in this remarkable passage, Christmas is still a season of joy and peace, which is fitting for a festival to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace. The joy I feel today comes from being allowed, as a member of one of the non-jewish peoples, to come to Jerusalem to clutch at the sleeve of that one man. My joy is in my salvation through Jesus Christ. “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest upon his shoulders. And will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, the Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 NLT and Handel’s Messiah!)

Word:

Zechariah 8:19-23 NLT

“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: The traditional fasts and times of mourning you have kept in early summer, midsummer, autumn, and winter are now ended. They will become festivals of joy and celebration for the people of Judah. So love truth and peace. “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: People from nations and cities around the world will travel to Jerusalem. The people of one city will say to the people of another, ‘Come with us to Jerusalem to ask the Lord to bless us. Let’s worship the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. I’m determined to go.’ Many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the Lord of Heaven’s Armies and to ask for his blessing. “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: In those days ten men from different nations and languages of the world will clutch at the sleeve of one Jew. And they will say, ‘Please let us walk with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’”

Goal:

Having committed to walking with Jesus for the rest of my life, I am grateful for the confidence The Lord has given me in my faith. I can truly say that it really feels as if He has let me walk with him, I have felt his presence, literally by my side, on many occasions during this most difficult of years. My only goal, in life generally, is to continually confess my sins and failings to my Lord Jesus, to keep my focus entirely upon Him, and hope that he will continue to let me walk with him for the rest of my days.

Today’s readings:

Zechariah 8:1-23, Revelation 16:1-21, Psalms 144:1-15, Proverbs 30:29-31

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