May 17, 2012

Today you should read: Zechariah 14

As Zechariah comes to a close, we’ve seen much of the apocalyptic theme. The day of the Lord, the destruction of the nations against Israel, the coming of the Messiah — these are all major highlights of the book. And the final chapter fails to disappoint!

In today’s reading, the phrase “on that day” is seen numerous times. But what day are we talking about? Is this talking about the return of Christ? Or the future reign of Christ in heaven? Or some other period of time? The truth is, no one really knows. And that’s okay. Paul tells us in Ephesians that the gospel is a mystery, and some things in scripture won’t be fully understood to us until we are in heaven. This note from my ESV Study Bible was helpful for me in this:

“On that day.” It is difficult to determine what period of time is being indicated by the remarkable prophecies in this entire chapter, whether a future time in this present age, or a future millennial kingdom and the rebellion that follows it, or the events that surround Christ’s return and the beginning of the eternal state (see note on Ezek. 40:1–48:35; see also 1 Pet. 1:10–11).

Another verse that helps put me at ease when I don’t fully understand something in the scriptures, or in life for that matter, is 1 Corinthians 13:12. I’ve been dwelling on it pretty heavily over the past few weeks.

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12 ESV

Even though some of reading from the minor prophets is tough to comprehend, there are some real jewels in them that give us perspective and hope. There is a verse that really jumped off the page to me today. It challenged me to really worship the Lord with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength. It reminded me that one day, every knee will bow to our King Jesus. How awesome is that? Here’s the verse… soak it in:

And the Lord will be King over all the earth. On that day there will be one Lord — His name alone will be worshiped.
Zechariah 14:9 NLT

Much love to you today, CPC… much love.

Posted by: Todd Thomas

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

4 thoughts on “May 17, 2012”

  1. Thanks, Todd! Realizing the scriptures are living and active and that God uses them to speak life to His people in His time helps me to read through the portions I don’t truly understand. Someday at the appointed time understanding WILL come. This provides hope and gives me reason to keep reading and searching out truth inspite of my lack of understanding.
    Today the last part of verse 7 spoke to me and even though I am not certain of the exact meaning I found hope and encouragement in what God spoke to me today through these words:
    “When evening comes, there will be light.”
    I took this to mean that when God is reigning in our lives and dark times fall on us, inspite of the difficulties, He will shed His light, providing either enough understanding to walk through the trial or a way of escape. Either way He is providing what is needed.
    God is good all the time whether we are in times of peace or war, whether we are hungry or satisfied. My hope is that I would always by His grace be leaning into Him even in my darkness so that I can experience (and go running) into His marvelous light.

  2. Thanks Todd!
    The more we read of Jesus’s return the more I am praying it will be soon! So weary of the way things are going in our world, disappointed in people and what they say and do. So thankful our God never changes and is always there!
    Take this world and Give me Jesus!!!

  3. Yikes, I missed yesterday and as I was catching up today, I saw all the comments. I read Jumpstart almost everyday and always catch up on the days I miss. I use Jumpstart for my mid-day nourishment and encouragement since I almost always read it on my lunch break. It helps me stay connected to God throughout the day. I know it’s so much added work, but please accept a big thank you from me to all the writers!!!!

  4. A day late but I needed to respond. i started a book called— the one thing that matters by sheila walsh— last night after learning some difficult news in the day. She echoes what you said Todd in that the one thing that really matters in this life as a follower of christ is loving the Lord with all our soul, mind, and strength and loving our neighbor as ourselves. The christian life is not about ‘performing’ for God but rather in loving him as he loved. When we truly comprehend the love of God, we cannot come away unchanged. I love how he strengthen my faith when I am very low.

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