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Advent Readings: Day 13

For this Advent season we offer you a Bible reading for each day which points to the first coming of the Lord Jesus at Christmas and his return in glory!

Hagai 2:5-9

5b“...My Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.
6This is what the LORD Almighty says: ' In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory," says the LORD Almighty. 8“The silver is mine and the gold is mine." declares the LROD Almighty. 9The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house," says the LORD Almighty. "And in this place I will grant peace," declared the LORD Almighty."

A few comments

You ain’t seen nothing yet!’ That’s the message of these extraordinary verses. The prophet Haggai looks back at two of the greatest moments of the Old Testament and says that the coming of the Messiah will far surpass them:

i. It will be like the Exodus from Israel (5-6), but this time when God shakes the earth at his coming, he will come as ‘the desired of nations’. Christmas is not just about the fulfilment of a bunch of promises to the descendants of Abraham. It is about the fulfilment of the longings of every human being, the yearnings at the heart of every single culture.

ii. it will be better than the temple. When the glory of the Lord descended on the temple – as God took up residence symbolically – it was so overwhelming that the priests could not even minister there (2 Chronicles 7:2). But the glory of the new house, or temple, will be far greater (9). How so? Jesus Christ himself is the temple, in whom God is really, not just symbolically present (John 2:21). Furthermore, the church is now the temple of God, where God dwells by his Spirit (2 Corinthians 6:16) among people ofall nations.

Point for Prayer

What are the small, immediate things we are hoping for this Christmas?  What are the the things that are the 'longings of every human being'?  Dwell on these questions, and thank God that he promises us not immediate material gains, but the fulfilment of those universal longings which connect all of us.