“Behold I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord. Malachi 3:1
The theme continues! The people (and not just any people, because here in Malachi, we are talking about the priesthood – the ones who out of all people, should’ve been serving the Lord from love) continue to rebel and misrepresent God.
Some three hundred years after Isaiah prophesied about a forerunner of the Messiah, Malachi prophesies the exact same thing: God’s messenger to prepare the way for the King, Savior, and Deliverer.
I love this about the Lord. Time and space are no barrier to Him. His Spirit is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Three hundred years passed, a whole new generation of people came on the scene, and God is still saying the same thing. Humanity continues to do the same things, and God is letting the sin pile up so He can come in with the Messenger of the covenant to deal with the whole stinkin’ mess all at once.
Many read through the strictness of the Law and the proclamations of (righteous) judgments and misunderstand the heart of God. They think He is a stern-faced, vengeful ogre who only wants to punish.
Then there is Jesus. And somehow, in people’s minds, they think Jesus is so different. Jesus is kind, loving, forgiving and approachable. But here’s the thing: Jesus said, If you’ve seen me, then you’ve seen the Father. (John 14:9)
There can be no formulation of who God is outside of who Jesus is! Jesus and the Father (and the Holy Spirit) are one – one in unity and one in being. (John 17:11,21)
Jesus, as the Messenger of the covenant, came not only to save and deliver, but also to properly communicate who the Father is. He came to demonstrate for us the great love, power, compassion, and authority of God. He came to clarify for us what the difference is between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness.
Jesus came to set the record straight.
Because of the Father’s love and desire to have His people restored to relationship with Him, He sacrificed Himself on our behalf, thus upholding the covenant He made with Abraham.
Glad tidings of comfort and joy!
Here we are two thousand years after the marvelous work on the cross, and we’re in no less need for a Savior as we were then. We’re in no less need of an adjustment to our idea of who God is. The world is sin-sick, and we have the remedy to their disease.
Let’s be the forerunners who prepare the way for Jesus. Let’s be the voices calling out and let’s be those who, like Jesus, accurately represent our Father, His heart, AND His holiness (it all goes together).
“that they all may be one, as You Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21