Our teaching text for this episode is focused on the rebuilding of the temple after the Babylonian Exile. It is a moment of great joy, but at the same time it is also a moment of sorrow. While the completion of the temple foundation is a very real sign of restoration it also pales in comparison with what once was. God's redemption, God's liberation is very real, yet there is often an element which has yet to unfold. We experience this ourselves. In Christ we rejoice, yet our lives are still marked by suffering and sorrow. One day this shall pass as God's redemption comes to its glorious culmination, but for now we experience joy and sorrow side by side.
December 23, 2019