Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Making impossible possible
“’Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,’ declares the Lord”.
Zechariah 2 discusses a vision of a man with a measuring line, who claims that he will measure how long and wide Jerusalem is. Later on in chapter, we realized that the Jerusalem being described is not the earthly one, but the unlimited and glorious one in heaven. Even the notion of measuring the physical Jerusalem is impossible, simply because of its vastness, which is why Zechariah was baffled. The angel goes on to say “flee from the land of the north,” implying Babylon, and warns the Israelites to save themselves from this crooked generation. The angel talks of God shaking his hand over Babylon, so that those who were cruelly subjected to their power would be able to rise up and overthrow them.
In verse 10, where the passage begins, the angel insinuates that the Holy Spirit will come and live in the Church, among the people. We can see evidence of this prophecy in today’s world just by observing how accessible the gift of redemption is for all people. In verse 11, the angel hints at what life will be like at the time of the coming Messiah. Finally, in verses 12 and 13, it states, “And Jehovah shall inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and shall yet choose Jerusalem. Be silent, all flesh, before Jehovah; for he is waked up out of his holy habitation.” This is the only part of the Scripture where Palestine is called the holy land, but it is not for the reason that many believe: that the children of God were promised that land eons ago, and are entitled today. For Christians, Jerusalem holds power because it is the place of Christ’s suffering and the birthplace of our very salvation. Palestine, in the literal sense, is worth no more than any other land. However, for us, it is the very origin of our redemption and our hope for eternal life.
Personally, the passage reflects the theme, “making the impossible possible.” It starts off by discussing a group of people overthrowing their oppressors. Today, we are oppressed by the sin in our own hearts and souls and the evil and hatred in today’s world. The disciples were able to move hearts with nothing except faith and passion. We should be able to evoke the same Christian hope and love within our communities today. If our ancestors could overcome what seems impossible even now, then we can do the same today.
Prayer: Dear God thank you for showing us that there is nothing impossible in your strength and power. Keep us in that grace amen.
Thought for the day: God’s power is enough to transform our impossibilities
Alyssa Thomas, Epiphany M T C, NY