“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; And the bow of war will be cut off. And He will speak peace to the nations; And His dominion will be from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.” (9:9-10)
Jesus brought us salvation. He is The Good Shepherd. He is for all of us, His salvation for every nation.
The Jews had this passage and were looking for the Messiah to be a king who would restore military prowess. This isn’t what He did. He forged a New Kingdom, an everlasting, international one.
He’s got big plans for the Middle East and the world. That both calms me and excites me. People from the Middle East are my favorite. I see why God started everything with them.
But waiting for peace is hard. I feel wore out by news and squabbling in the church, (which is supposed to be part of the solution, to gas on the fire).
Today, one of my Syrian friends, who is waiting in a small village in France for his papers and friends to join him, gave me a healthy reminder to be patient, always thankful and hopeful. It is incredibly humbling to learn godly principles from someone who has experienced much more pain and trauma and much less grace. But I must say these Syrians have introduced me to profound beauty, joy, hope and humility.
My King has come. He brought salvation and He is Peace. Today I am choosing thankfulness, hope and humility. There is beauty everywhere, even in waiting.