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Advent Devotional Day 7: The King Has Come

December 09, 2017

 
2017 Gordon-Conwell Advent Devotional

Day 7 | The King Has Come
 

Zechariah 9:9-13

 

Maybe we can relate with this oft-told story: A mother prepared tirelessly for Christmas—roasting, scrubbing, shopping and wrapping presents. Her young daughter, electrified by the extravagances around her, was misbehaving. So wrapped up in Christmas festivities, this mother had reached her wit’s end. The mother lost her temper and sent the daughter to her room.

After a while, the mother felt remorse over her harshness. Peeking into her daughter’s room, she heard her daughter say this prayer: “And forgive us our Christmases, as we forgive those who Christmas against us.” Sometimes we get Christmas wrong! In our passage today, the Jews got Christmas wrong, too, but in a different way.

Zechariah, the Old Testament prophet, wrote his book roughly 500 years before the coming of Jesus. In Zechariah 9, we read about a prophecy concerning the King of the world. Zechariah tells God’s people in verse nine to “rejoice greatly” because “your king comes to you.” This should have been great news. The Jewish people had been waiting for a king and a deliverer.

Have you ever received a disappointing Christmas gift? The “problem” with Zechariah’s prophecy for the Jews was that they expected a different type of king. What did Zechariah prophesy? This king would be righteous and humble (v 9), peaceful (v 10), and bringing salvation (v 10). These very attributes of Jesus Christ were antithetical to the Jewish expectations of kingship.

To prepare the way for peace, God will take away all instruments of war: the chariot, war-horses, the battle bow (v 10) (a.k.a. tanks, rifles and nuclear weapons in modern terms). The Savior King will establish a kingdom of peace. Can we imagine a peaceful world—even peace in the Middle East and North Korea? God promises that day will come. King Jesus has come and he brings salvation and peace.

 


 

 

      Dr. Matthew D. Kim
      Associate Professor of Preaching and Ministry

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