Daily D – Zechariah 9:9-10
Zechariah 9:9-10 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. (NIV)
When tyrants invade, there is terror and threat to the whole world. When Jesus invades, there is peace, and everything is made right.
Vladimir Putin is playing an increasingly dangerous game. His threats overnight will fill the headlines on newspaper websites and the mouths of the talking head commentators on news stations.
Putin says all possible responses are on the table, including nuclear weapons. To gain and wield power, he will use the threat, and the implementation, of increasing measures of force. This, he reasons, is how to prove how tough you are. This, he should notice, has led to sold-out international air travel from Russia to anywhere.
“Compare and contrast,” my English teacher said. “What is alike, and what is different?” Or, in the catchy tune from Sesame Street, “One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just doesn’t belong.”
If you prefer politicians who will fight for you, there are plenty to go around. If you want an absolute autocrat, several are vying for the job. If you want peace, love, and righteousness, there is only one ruler who gives life, amplifies life, and preserves life forever. He is Jesus. There is nobody like him.
Compare and contrast Putin and those like him with Jesus.
* Tyrants are arrogant; Jesus is humble.
* Tyrants are feared; Jesus is joyfully worshiped.
* Tyrants implement weapons of mass destruction; Jesus proclaims peace to all people everywhere.
* Tyrants want to rule the whole wide world; Jesus rules the whole wide world now and forever.
Putin and his ilk are but speed bumps on the way to a better world. They will go down in history like the evil men we all know from history. Jesus is extending his kingdom of peace, love, and righteousness in the hearts and minds of men, women, and children. Every knee will bow, every tongue will confess that “Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father,” (Philippians 2:10).
We can read the headlines and listen to the news with fear and trembling. Or, we can read the Bible with hope and hallelujahs and prepare for peace, love, and righteousness that endures forever and ever amen. Pray for peace. Prepare to meet your peaceful Savior.
I will pray for and prepare for peace that endures forever.
Our Father, may the words of Isaiah become increasingly true in our world now: “Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing it and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this,” (Isaiah 9:7). Bring your peace to bear on the tumult of our times. Amen.
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Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”
Ezra 3:12, 13 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Daniel 2:30 “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”
Daniel 1:17-20 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.