Continuous Contagious Gospel Advancement

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’” Zech. 8:23 NIV

Gracious Father, every day, without exception, we need to be reminded of where history is heading. For we’re forgetful and fearful people, way too easily influenced by the spin of pundits, banter of news-speak, and the unbelief of our own hearts.

But this huge promise you made through a minor prophet is the major headline we need to remember today and every day. The gospel missive, not ballistic missiles, should command our attention. History is the unfolding story of your commitment to redeem your every-nation family, and, in time, make all things new through Jesus.

This outcome isn’t merely a great possibility or even a grand probability; it’s a covenantal certainty. Nothing will keep you from filling the earth with your glory one Day. Providence, not happenstance, rules over all things.

Indeed, Lord Jesus, you are the fulfillment of everything in Zechariah’s vision. You are the “one Jew” of the Father’s promise. You are the faithful remnant of Israel. You are the second Adam—the only Nazarene in whom there was no guile; the Lord who became the Lamb—our substitute in life and in death. We lay hold of “the hem of your robe” only because you have a firm grasp on us in the gospel.

Jesus, in light of who you are and what you’ve already accomplished on our behalf, how can we not leap for joy, live in hope, and love with abandon? Send your Spirit, and stir us up. We would love to experience a great gospel renewal in our hearts and churches, communities and cities. Why not us, Jesus, and why not now? Magnify your name in our midst and in this hour. So very Amen we pray, in your most majestic and merciful name.

from Scotty Smith Posts – The Gospel Coalition


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