“Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple, the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.
The Lord will send His messenger to prepare the way. Then the Lord will come suddenly and appear in the Temple.
The Lord is coming like a refiner’s fire. He will purify the silver, the Levites, so that He will have men who bring Him offerings in righteousness. Then the offerings of Judah will be acceptable.
Then the Lord will come against the sinners and the oppressors of the weak and vulnerable because they refuse to fear the Lord.
The Lord has a different idea of time to us. Malachi, writing about 400 BC says the Lord will appear suddenly in His Temple. It took 400 years, but then it did seem suddenly when Jesus came.
The Lord is good in all things, even in His timing and in His “suddenlies”.
Jesus refined the people. He brought judgement, but not in the way that people expected.
Those who are looking for salvation in Christ and who turn to Him in repentance will find forgiveness and new life. They will be free of sin.
Those who refuse to follow Jesus will be judged because they refuse to fear God and turn away from the sins.
In John 3:16-21 we read that Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but His coming set a clear dividing line between the righteous and the evil. It is like a catalyst that is dropped into a test tube, and everything changes even though the catalyst remains untouched.
At Christmas we celebrate the birth of a saviour who came so that everyone who trusts in Him will live for ever.
Thank you Father for the message of Christmas. Thank you for sending Jesus into the world “suddenly” for my salvation. Amen.