Archive for the ‘Haggai’ Category

Jesus disturbs the universe

December 20th, 2015 by Maureen

I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations [what is desired; the One who is desired] shall come and I will fill this house with glory. Haggai 2:6b-7

Sometimes, for our deepest longings to be fulfilled, our universes have to be disturbed. Sometimes for our universes to be effectively disturbed we have to be open to change. Jesus’ coming shook up the whole world yet He failed to shake it as expected in how he entered this world and what He did while He was here. The Kingdom He spoke of did not address the expected topics of politics, wealth, conquest, or law enforcement. For those willing to have their worlds shaken, Jesus reframed what they thought they knew about God and what He wanted from them; and He reinterpreted the very meaning of life itself.

Jesus, I like the way you disturb my universe even though I sometimes resist change.

Long awaited Jesus

December 1st, 2014 by Maureen

I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations [what is desired; the One who is desired] shall come and I will fill this house with glory.  Haggai 2:6b-7

It’s interesting that long before Christ came to earth there were many stories in many different cultures about saviors and heroes with special circumstances of birth. While some might use these stories to discount Christ, perhaps instead these stories reflect an ancient awareness and longing for Someone to shake up the future offered by fate or nature or human institutions and to redeem humankind to the peace, glory, and joy we were created to enjoy. In one of his Christmas hymns Charles Wesley expressed it like this: “O Come thou long awaited Jesus…hope of all the earth thou art, dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.”

Jesus be present and real to hoping, longing hearts in every nation.