Lent Devotional: Malachi 3:1-5

by Jonathan Haefs

Malachi 3:1-5 (click here)
Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:1)

The Old Testament closes with a promise… a promise that God himself will come to his people.

A messenger will appear, preparing the way for the Lord. Then, suddenly, surprisingly the Lord who has been sought will come seeking his own.

These promises were fulfilled in the coming of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for the Lord himself… Jesus Christ… God in the flesh.

Suddenly…there was Jesus.

Surprisingly…there was Jesus.

He came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10). He came seeking those who would worship the Lord in spirit and in truth (John 4:23). He came seeking you. He came seeking me. He sought and he found.

If you love Jesus, it is not because you found him, but because he found you. It is not because you sought him, but he sought you. It is not because you first loved him, but because he first loved you (1 John 4:19).

You have been loved, sought, and found by God himself…by Jesus Christ!

What glorious, loving, wondrous grace is this?

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