Journey to Bethlehem, Our Christmas Devotional Day 1 Zechariah 14:1-5
Sunday, December 2
1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. 5 And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
“Behold, a day is coming…” says Zechariah.
The Day of the LORD (or the Day of our Lord Jesus in the New Testament) is an expression used to describe THE final turning point in history. The Day of the LORD will be a period of time (more than a single day) when God will move suddenly and decisively to finalize his plan of judgement and salvation.
In that day, God will exercise his divine power and wrath in ways that are beyond words. Thus, the Day of the LORD is frequently described through extraordinary images, such as mountains splitting or the sun and moon going dark.
Near the end of his ministry, Jesus spoke of this day. Among other things, he said, “there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will be.” Matthew (24:21)
The Day of the LORD will culminate in the second coming of Jesus and the elimination of sin and its effects. The world will be cleansed and healed.
John’s vision describes it this way:
I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Revelation 2:3-5)
The Day of the LORD will be both fearful and cathartic. It will usher in the final chapter of God’s great plan for his people. It is good news.
Come quickly Lord Jesus. Amen.
More in Journey to Bethlehem 2018
December 24, 2018Journey to Bethlehem Day 23 Luke 1:39-56
December 23, 2018Journey to Bethlehem, Our Christmas Devotional Day 22 Micah 5:2-5a
December 22, 2018Journey to Bethlehem Day 21 Luke 3:15-20