2021_12_20 Insight Post- Kim Feld
This week's reading- John 19-20
If you tune into our Monday night Prayer Nights, you will hear Emma using Isaiah 9 verses 2, 3, 6, and 7 to guide our prayer time tonight. I love these verses, especially 6 and 7. that are so often read around Christmas:
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 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 and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
This week as you read John’s telling of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, go back, and read through these verses in Isaiah as well. As I meditated on these verses, the very last line of Isaiah 9:7 stood out to me: The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. I used the NIV translation for this but look at how the NLT translates this line: “The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!”
Merriam-Webster defines zeal as “eagerness and ardent interest in pursuit of something; a strong feeling of interest and enthusiasm that makes someone very eager or determined to do something” (Merriam-Webster, n.d.). Do you see the connection? Isaiah is prophesying about Jesus’ birth, and he says that God’s zeal, His passionate commitment, will bring this to reality. God was passionately committed to offering you and me a Savior in Jesus. He was eager and determined to provide a way for us to be reconciled to Him. The magnitude of that takes my breath away. His passionate commitment to you does not change, even when it seems like He is far away, or you question what He has allowed in your life.
I love Christmas and all that it means, but Christmas is not fully realized without the cross and empty tomb. God loved so much that He gave the best He had to offer. Jesus. Immanuel. God with us.
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Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Zeal. In Merriam-Webster.com dictionary. Retrieved December 17, 2021, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zeal