Fixed up beyond All Recognition

Mark Fackler

READ : Zechariah 14:1-9

On that day . . . (vv. 6, 8)

After terrible images of judgment involving suffering and death (v. 2), Zechariah points to a great reversal in verses 5 and 6. He describes a day so startlingly new and fresh that no one could have imagined it. It is the day of the Lord, when God comes with his holy ones and the whole creation is renewed. On that day the world gets fixed up beyond all recognition.

In Zechariah’s vision the dark and cold of night is forgotten in the presence of eternal light. Water too flows from God in a clear, bubbling stream of thirst-appeasing goodness, in all directions, at all times. The future will bring warmth, light, refreshment; no dry spells, no rationing, no storm clouds.

And best of all, no confusion about God—no bewilderment, doubt, or debate. No more apologetics (the name theologians give to the task of proving God’s existence), no more hermeneutics (another theological term referring to interpreting God’s Word). God is right there, apparent to all, known, worshiped, adored. The world itself made beautiful and orderly. Our relationships with others and our sense of ourselves—whatever deficits we’ve had to cope with—all fixed up beyond recognition.

What a day that will be!

PRAYER

Even so, come, Lord.