The Peace of Advent: Day Five
“Tell him this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the Lord. It is he who will build the temple of the Lord, and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. And he will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two.’”
– Zechariah 6:12-13
I’ve always wondered when Jesus was teaching and interacting with the religious leaders, and he says, “destroy this temple, and I will rebuild it in three days” (John 2:9) if anyone had one of those moments where they thought…”hmmm this sounds vaguely familiar”. Maybe not in the moment, but later that night, laying in bed, processing what happened, and they think to themselves, where have I heard this kind of language before? Obviously they had no idea, even the disciples were quite confused.
Our reading several days ago built into this theme of establishing a kingdom, and here in Zechariah, the Lord says that from this branch his temple will be built. But I find the moment at the end of verse 13 the most telling – “and there will be harmony between the two”. The entire Old Testament narrative consistently points to this deep peace that will only be found through Jesus. It makes complete sense in their context that they expected a warrior, that the only way peace had ever been achieved was through a battle, and yet even the prophets are setting the stage for Jesus to come to earth and completely reshape and restore how we view harmony and peace.
Today, find encouragement that God’s plan is so much deeper and thorough than we could have ever hoped for, and know that this theme of harmony and peace resonates through the life, violent death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, so that we may experience a new and resounding peace that has stemmed from this Branch of Jesse. It was the plan all along. Amen