Looking Forward To It!
Mighty God, You are amazing. You’re greater than my ability to imagine, beyond any word I could use to describe You.
Read Isaiah 2:1-5
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“We are to believe and live and work as if Jesus Christ died yesterday, rose today, and is coming again tomorrow” (Martin Luther).
Claims are made today that the world is more peaceful than it has been for many long years. Yes, there is fighting in a number of countries, civil disturbances, insurgent attacks and attempts to topple dictators, but not the wholesale killing of World Wars or the ethnic cleansing of Rwanda or Eastern Europe. However, we can hardly say that peace has broken out in the way v. 4 pictures. Is such peace only possible at the coming of Jesus when every eye will see him? It certainly doesn’t describe Jerusalem and the territories around it at present.
How does Isaiah’s hope help us to deal with reality in the meantime? Fulfillment of his prophecy did not come in his day, or any day since. And we, who believe that the physical temple of the old covenant has been replaced by God reigning among his redeemed people, do not have a precise image of the alternative. The picture in Revelation (Rev. 21:2) of the New Jerusalem coming down to earth is of a church restored as a beautiful bride. Here the spiritual meeting with God is symbolized by a temple on the mount welcoming all believers, no matter what their ethnic background. These are two wonderful, overlapping pictures.
Christopher Wright retells a parable of a man who promised his young son a horse when he came of age, but when the day came he gave him a car instead because times had changed. This fulfilled the intention of the promise–that of personal transport–though not the letter. On that day, it is God’s presence and power that will matter to us most! And when we see many around us, even family members, rejecting the Messiah, the image of all peoples streaming towards the reign of Christ is comforting.
What difference is it making to how you live now, knowing that this day of redemption and reunion is coming?
Sovereign Lord, You’ve placed the hope of eternity in my heart. I’m grateful for the comfort it brings and the assurance that, in Christ, I will live forever with You.
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