then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is ” ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ ” Salvation is found in no one else for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”Acts 4:10-12
Tis the season for cheesy Hallmark romance movies. You notice that in every single one the “destined” couple always start out with different priorities and then they start falling in love…then one either momentarily chooses what their other priority was in the first place or their love interest finds out about what their original intentions were and someone gets hurt. Don’t worry though 🙂 by the end of the movie they always work it out!
You know…the story of God and humanity is really pretty similar to those Hallmark romances except God’s love is unconditional and eternal! We’re the lover that keeps screwing up… Yet for some reason He keeps pursuing us and laying down Himself for us!
“Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty. Do not be like your forefathers, to whom the earlier prophets proclaimed: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Turn from your evil ways and your evil practices.’ But they would not listen or pay attention to me, declares the LORD. Where are your forefathers now? And the prophets, do they live forever? But did not my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants and the prophets, overtake your forefathers? “Then they repented and said, ‘The LORD Almighty has done to us what our ways and practices deserve, just as he determined.Zechariah 1:3-6
Not for the first time in Bible history, God’s people have been thoroughly punished and now recognize their sin. They also recognize God’s punishment as just. Now God lets them in on a secret… All this time He has been planning something beyond their wildest dreams! He is going to defeat their enemies! Not one of the wicked nations of the earth who defy Him will be left in peace! And He is coming…
Then the angel who was speaking to me left, and another angel came to meet him and said to him: “Run, tell that young man, ‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of men and livestock in it. And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will be its glory within.’….Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the LORD. “Many nations will be joined with the LORD in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you. The LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem. Be still before the LORD, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.”Zechariah 2:3-5,10-13
God promises through Zechariah that He will send the King and Priest who will sit on the throne of the earth and rule righteously! The world will at last have peace! Before that time can come, the the thief and those who swear falsely by the name of the LORD will be purged from among His people. Only a remnant will remain: they will be redeemed and faithful. All the nations will go up to Jerusalem and worship! LORD let that day come!
It is God’s zealous love for us that will accomplish this! Just as it was in the Garden, it will be again…the LORD will live among us, sin will be no more, the Curse finally defeated, and the people free to live as they were created to be…in relationship with their Creator!
Do you know God loves you? Are you excited that He is coming again to establish His Kingdom on the earth? Are you excited for the Curse to finally have its end?