Rejoice Greatly! (Dec 26)

From Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson

December 26

Rejoice Greatly! 

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 147:1-11 | Zechariah 9:1-17 | Revelation 17:1-18 | Proverbs 30:32

Today’s Scripture Focus: Zechariah 9

Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey (Zechariah 9:9 NIV).

One of my favorite parts of the Holiday season is listening to Handel’s Messiah. It is a beautiful work that weaves together so many of the prophetic texts that point to the coming of the Messiah. One such text is taken from this chapter; perhaps you have heard Handel’s musical setting to “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion.” As so much of the prophetic scripture, these verses point to the coming Messiah. They find their fulfillment as Jesus rides into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Zechariah knew that the coming Messiah was reason for his people to rejoice.

In Jesus, the prophecies find fulfillment. He is the Messiah, gentle and riding on a donkey. Years before it comes to pass, Zechariah envisioned the gentle King and rejoiced. Indeed, the celebration of Christ’s coming to earth is a reason for all of us to rejoice. So rejoice, O daughter of Zion! As another great Christmas hymn says so well: “Joy to the world the Lord is come. Let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare Him room and heaven and nature sing!”

Jesus, we rejoice in your coming to the earth in the Incarnation. We find joy in your presence in our lives as Emmanuel. We look with hope to your coming again. Amen.

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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