That Day

Ok . . . so I’ll admit it . . . I need help with the book of Zechariah. While I recognize that is packed full of “latter days” stuff . . . while I see at least some of the prophecies fulfilled in Christ . . . while I even notice that some of them are “first advent” and some are “second advent” . . . I gotta admit it seems pretty scrambled all together. For example, in chapter 9 verse 9, Zechariah prophecies of a King coming, just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey. Ok, I recognize that . . . Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem . . . first advent stuff. But then, the very next verse, verse 10, Zechariah records that “He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.” Now that sounds like second coming stuff . . . that sounds like Christ’s earthly reign established. So, where’s all the stuff that happens between verses 9 and 10? It’s the nature of prophecy . . . it’s what the prophets diligently sought to understand but was withheld from them. Jesus would come . . . and then He would come again.

But, there is something I noticed this morning, that I do get . . . ’cause I’m pretty good when it comes to repetition. As I read the last 5 chapters of Zechariah’s prophecy this morning there was 3 word phrase that kept coming up . . . “In that day.” Sixteen times that little phrase is used in chapters 12, 13, and 14. It’s used only 19 times in the whole book.

And “that day” talks of the time of Christ when He does battle with the nations and puts them down with His mighty hand (12:9). And “that day” is also a time when “a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness” (13:1) . . . and a day when “living waters shall flow from Jerusalem” (14:8) . . . and a day when “the LORD shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be — ‘The LORD is one,’ And His name one” (14:9).

All second advent stuff? . . . or some first advent stuff mixed in? Right now, I’m not sure about which is which . . . hence why I need to some help and need to spend some study time in this book. But, what I am sure of is that there has already come an “in that day.” The decorations around the house remind me of it constantly. The anticipated gifts scream of God’s great Gift. The joy of being with family is surpassed by the joy of knowing I’m part of His family . . . born again through the blood of Jesus Christ . . . given the Spirit of adoption. All because Jesus came “in that day.” Immanuel . . . God with Us. Incarnate . . . God made flesh. And just as sure as He came as the prophets said, “In that day,” . . . He will come again . . . as the prophets also say . . . “in that day.”

Just as this season and its celebration of “that day” 2,000 years ago generates a certain amount of anticipation, how much more the thought of that future “that day”? He came once, just as was foretold . . . He’s coming again, just as was foretold. And in that day, far from coming in lowly humility, He will descend with a shout . . . in might and majesty, He will be manifest as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The lowly One of whom Zechariah wrote, “Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered” (13:7) will return as the Victorious Lamb . . . ready for His bride . . . ready to dwell with His people.

I also read in Revelation 21 this morning of “that day.” The tabernacle of God will be with men . . . He will dwell with them . . . they shall be His people . . . God Himself will be with them and be their God (Rev. 21:3). He will wipe away every tear . . . in that day there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying . . . no more pain, for the former things have passed away (21:4). He will give of the fountain of the water of life freely . . . and we will come into our heavenly inheritance as children of God (21:6-7). It will be a place where there is no temple . . . “for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple” (21:22). Neither will there be any need for a sun or moon to shine “in that day” . . . “for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light” (21:23). And we, who have been saved by grace . . . bought with a price . . . redeemed from the penalty of sin . . . we shall walk in this light (21:24) . . . our names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (21:27). What a day “that day” will be. Amen!

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