“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty Saviour. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
The book of Zephaniah is not an easy read. It contains a lot of ‘judgement’ for the nations who have rebelled against the one true God, Yahweh. It shows that our God is not a God to be mocked. With sin comes judgement. With rebellion comes punishment. Yet as in every book of the Bible, there is always a remedy. The God who lives among His people, Jesus Christ. Although Jesus’ Name is not specifically mentioned, all of Zephaniah’s prophetic words point to Jesus’ coming. Whose name means ‘the Lord saves’? Jesus’, our Mighty Saviour. Whose perfect love casts out all fear? Jesus’ love. Who came to live among us? Emmanuel, God with us, Jesus Christ.
Jesus’ coming was not just a fulfilment of prophecy for ancient times, but a promise for all of eternity, to save us from our sins, redeem us from the righteous wrath of Almighty God, and set us free from fear of being condemned for our wrong doings. Just as it was with Israel, so it is with us; God never leaves us without a way out of our sins. God is faithful and just, righteous and holy, kind and loving. That same God lives among us, He lives in us. His home is in our hearts. His temple is our bodies.