“On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. And the Mount of Olives will split apart, making a wide valley running from east to west. Half the mountain will move toward the north and half toward the south…Then the Lord my God will come, and all his holy ones with him. On that day the sources of light will no longer shine, yet there will be continuous day! Only the Lord knows how this could happen. There will be no normal day and night, for at evening time it will still be light. On that day life-giving waters will flow out from Jerusalem, half toward the Dead Sea and half toward the Mediterranean, flowing continuously in both summer and winter. And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day there will be one Lord—his name alone will be worshiped.” – Zechariah 14:4-9.
It is too bad that today’s devotional doesn’t come with a plane ticket. Imagine reading this and talking about this subject in the Holy Land. There is something so powerful and humbling about standing in a place where you know Jesus Himself once stood.
Zechariah pointed the people of Israel, not only to the salvation of the coming Messiah but also to a future reality with God. This would be far greater than anything they could imagine, understand or explain. Though there remained a great trial in store for them, God held the world and its future in His hands.
God’s future restoration of His people shows His ultimate power. He is Lord over everything—from the smallest part of creation to the greatest kingdoms and rulers. Every person and every corner of creation will ultimately bow to His authority. Everything is held in His hands, which means our future is secure. Because our future is secure in Him, we can also have hope in the present.
Psalm 72: 8-11 says, “May he reign from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth. Desert nomads will bow before him; his enemies will fall before him in the dust. The western kings of Tarshish and other distant lands will bring him tribute. The eastern kings of Sheba and Seba will bring him gifts. All kings will bow before him, and all nations will serve him.
The kingdom while present is yet future. The Kingdom has arrived and is yet to be. Jesus came to earth and has dealt with sin once for all in the sacrifice of Himself. Jesus sits at the Father’s right hand and reigns and His righteousness is now already ours by faith. The Spirit is dwelling in us. Jesus’ holiness is now already being produced in us and His joy and peace have already been given to us.
Take a few moments to thank God for the certain future of His kingdom.
- What is your reaction to this devotional?
- How does this future hope inform our present reality?