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.
CONNECT WITH ME!
Interested in learning more about Church Unique or Life Younique? Send a note through the Get In Touch box or Message me through the Facebook link above.
GET IN TOUCH!
READ MY BLOG!
Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”