Faithfulness Remembered and Expressed

Psalm 119:9–16; Haggai 2:1–9; John 12:34–50 (read online ⧉)

Haggai’s message was to encourage people who were feeling worn regarding the and its rebuilding. While the people of Israel were rebuilding their lives, the oration of the was not moving as well. There is the political climate regarding the difficulties that would arise with the surrounding s with the rebuilding. For those who were old enough to remember, Haggai reminded them of the glory of the old , trying to stir them up so that they could invigorate . Through Haggai, reminded them that he was faithful and that things could be great again, should they do their part to honor through rebuilding his . would then fill his with his glory.

This ’s glory in the paradigm was to be cataclysmiy d with . could no longer be viewed as distant, but now very much present. Like all huge s in thinking, it was going to be painful and jarring. The pain of transition would begin with ed and hung on a cross. foreshadowed what was to occur, but the people seemed to have a sense themselves as they proclaimed that the Messiah would remain forever; a not-so-subtle dig that if ever died he was not the Messiah.

did not allow the nay-sayers to his story. With his declaration equating denial of him and his words was denying the Father and his words, made it clear that their understanding of the Messiah was not complete.

He ultimately answered their challenge with:”…I know that his commandment [’ obedience to ] is eternal life.” John 12:50

In other words, only by dying will actually become the Messiah who remained forever.

1. What is your reaction to ’ obedience being ?

2. When you think of martyrs who also were obedient, what is your to their choice? Why?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.