DAY 17 - DECEMBER 12TH, 2018
All the Nations
In November 2016 I was in Israel with a group from Grace Community Church, touring historic biblical sites. As we entered Jerusalem, The City of David, an old hymn began to play over our bus sound system:
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, lift up your gates and sing,
Hosanna in the highest, hosanna to the King;
Hosanna in the highest, hosanna to the King!
As the majestic music swelled and those words rang out, I was actually seeing the yellow limestone of Jerusalem and looking at those ancient gates. It was one of those high, holy moments, and I got goosebumps all over. I’m almost sure the gates were lifted up and Jerusalem was singing with us!
Tour buses enter Jerusalem every day, carrying people from many nations. On our bus we were praising the Lord, as I suppose Christians from other nations also praise Him. Were we fulfilling prophecy? Well, perhaps yes, in part.
There was also a time long ago in Israel’s history when nations came to Jerusalem. It was during the reign of Solomon, King David’s son. Solomon built the first temple in Jerusalem--the same Solomon who asked the Lord for wisdom and who reigned for 40 years in peace and prosperity. No doubt envoys from many nations came to Jerusalem during that time to engage in commerce, to make peace treaties, and to see the wonderful buildings Solomon had built. One such visit from a foreign monarch is described in I Kings 10 and 2 Chronicles 9. The queen of Sheba had come because she had heard tales about Solomon’s achievements and wisdom and wanted to see for herself if they were true. But did these nations come to praise Solomon rather than God?
A time will come when these prophetic words will be completely fulfilled, a time when King Jesus returns to reign. Nations will come to the New Jerusalem to praise and extol the Lord; many peoples and powerful nations will come to seek the Lord Almighty, and many nations will say, “Let us go up to the mountains of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob” (Is. 2:3a, NIV). The apostle John saw this fulfillment while, as an old man exiled on Patmos, Jesus revealed to him the events at the end of the age. “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it” (Rev. 21:23-24).
As we celebrate once more the miraculous birth of Jesus, the Messiah, the Lamb of God, we also look forward to His return to earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Come, Lord Jesus.
Question to Consider:
Is there anything about my lifestyle that I would change if I knew for certain that Jesus would return to earth today? What should we do to be ready for His return?