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Journey to Bethlehem, Our Christmas Devotional Day 2 Zechariah 14:6-9

Monday, December 3

Zechariah 14:6-9

On that day there shall be no light, cold, or frost. And there shall be a unique day, which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but at evening time there shall be light.

On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter.

And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be one and his name one.

One looks around at the confusion and fear of today, and our future can feel unsettled. It can be politics, mass shootings, world economy, employment or retirement. The world is spinning! Will there ever be peace, safety and security? Where is the hope for a better tomorrow? The answer is given to us by the prophet Zechariah in his words, “And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be one and his name one.”

Zechariah prophesied 500 years before Jesus, the Messiah, the rescuer, was coming. Unlike the listeners of Zechariah’s time we can look back at Jesus and see the prophecies of Zechariah that were fulfilled in his life and ministry. But there is a future prophecy of Zechariah’s not yet fulfilled and that is the return of Jesus at the end of the age. 

Zechariah offers hope to all of God’s people. He told of a Messiah, the One whom God would send to rescue his people and to one day reign over all the earth. Jesus came as an innocent baby in an animal stall, but He will return a Victorious King and usher in peace and rule over all the world.

Only God knows and controls the future and the time of his return. But know this about our future as Christians, our King is coming. Be ready for his triumphant return when, “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11)

Lord, in this world of unrest, be our peace and our hope and most of all be our King as we eagerly await your return.  Amen