3 And there was the angel who talked with me, going out; and another angel was coming out to meet him,
4 who said to him, “Run, speak to this young man, saying: ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it.
5 ‘For I,’ says the LORD, ‘will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’ ”
Could you imagine your home being so safe that you would need no locks on your doors? Could imagine a place where you would not need to lock your car no matter what neighborhood you were in? In our “modern” age of senseless crime and international terrorism, it is almost impossible to imagine feeling so secure, isn’t it? Now try to imagine being the ancient Jews returning to Jerusalem after three generations in captivity, seven decades of slavery. You have seen the Lord’s will fulfilled by a pagan king setting you free, and you’ve returned to your ruined ancestral home to rebuild a temple you’ve never seen. Marauding warlords continue to harass your families as you set to mending the walls of Jerusalem. As is told by Nehemiah, you work with a brick in one hand and a sword in the other. (Nehemiah 4:17) Despite your freedom, there is still danger all around, and many among you are becoming discouraged by the difficulty of the task. Then along comes Zechariah – whose name (“Zekar-yah”) means “Yahweh Remembers.”
Zechariah stands in your midst to remind you that the Lord God has not forgotten the covenant He made with Abraham. The Lord is, after all, “the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” (Deuteronomy 7:9) Zechariah comes to pronounce judgment on God’s enemies and blessings on the faithful – and especially to remind you, His chosen people, that your city Jerusalem is to be His home, the place where people from all nations will go to worship God and keep His feasts. (Zechariah 14:16) And so Zechariah speaks of an unimaginable security that will come to Jerusalem, a town that will be protected by God Himself, a place that will know the glory of the Lord in its midst.
Do you remember who else spoke of a place so glorified?
23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.
24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.
25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there).
26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.
27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
THAT is the security offered by faith in Christ, the New Jerusalem that will descend after judgment. “But that,” you say, “is a long way off, after the time of prophecy is fulfilled.” Yes…and No. Yes, that is the physical place where the faithful shall dwell after resurrection. No, that is not the only security we have in the Lord.
We who believe on Christ are secured by the Lord God Himself putting a hedge of fire around our hearts and a Holy Spirit within us that reflects His glory. We are given HIS armor and HIS weapons with which to defend ourselves. (Ephesians 6:10-20) We are given a great mission – to “preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15) – and He will always give us the protection and strength to do that through His authority. (Matthew 28:18) You see, it is a great security that God promises us even now. While we live, the Spirit of God dwells within us, and the “Jerusalem” of our hearts is indeed a town without walls, a place illuminated by the glory of the living God.
Heavenly Father, glorious Lord, all praise and honor belong to You. Only You offer salvation, only You bring that unsurpassable peace. I thank You for coming to me, a lowly sinner, to glorify me through Your precious Son. Protect and guide me, O Lord, in all my days. Amen.