Unexpected Visions of Christ in Lamentations

I was reading Lamentations one morning earlier this week, and was struck by the glory of Christ in the account of the destruction of Jerusalem. As the writer laments the ruin which has come to the city and the people of God, he cries out in anguish. The Master calls the people to settle accounts for their sins, and judgment comes. But in the shadows of a dying covenant, the light of the Lord of glory is reflected in the promise of what was to come.

The Lord determined to lay in ruins the wall of the daughter of Zion; He stretched out the measuring line; He did not restrain His hand. Lamentations 2:8

In the same way, the Father determined to lay in ruins the walls of the Son. “Destroy this temple…”, he said (Jn 2:19), and indeed it was destroyed. The Romans did not stay the hand from tearing his body to shreds, and the Father did not restrain his hand from pouring out destructive wrath. The walls of the temple of Christ’s flesh were brought to ruin and destroyed – the Lord did not restrain his hand. His ruin was as deep as the sea! (Lamentations 2:13)

The Lord has done what he purposed; he has carried out his word, which he commanded long ago; he has thrown down without pity; he has made the enemy rejoice over you and exalted the might of your foes. Lamentations 2:17

That same word commanded long ago threw down Christ without pity in order to accomplish the redemption God purposed in Christ before the foundation of the world. He made the enemy – death – rejoice over the Son. The might of this great foe was exalted…but only for a time! The brief rejoicing and exaltation of the enemy over the Son gave was to eternal rejoicing and exaltation of the Son over death and sin!

Having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:15

The Lord has done what he purposed; he has carried out his word, which he commanded long ago. Christ is victorious! That ancient dungeon of slavery and fear – death – has been demolished, and now lies in ruin! The Father determined to destroy the power of death, and has not restrained his hand. The death blow has been dealt, the walls have fallen down. Even as the hand of God felled the walls of Jericho at the blast of the ram’s horn, the walls of the city of Death our enemy were felled by the power of God at the trumpet blast from the mouth of Christ: “It is finished!” The Lord has done what he purposed. He has thrown down the stronghold of death without pity, and Christ Jesus, the great eternal enemy of Death, stands exalted and rejoicing over the foe for eternity.

The Lord has done what he purposed. Praise Him!

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