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March 15, 2014
My husband and I loved our years on the mission field. Yes, there were trials, strange illnesses and times of extreme loneliness. But overshadowing it all was watching God work in the lives of the people whom we served. One such man was King Po.
King Po had been heavily involved in a vigilante group that was determined to wipe out an unreached people group. King Po became extremely involved in “black magic.” He killed and robbed countless people. And then one day his wife took him to hear a pastor who introduced him to the saving power of Jesus Christ. King Po burned all of his black magic paraphernalia. He threw his M16 assault rifle into the fire and declared, “I am exchanging my M16 for John 3:16.” A bit corny, I know, but what he did with John 3:16 was amazing!
King Po no longer went into his enemy’s villages to persecute and kill; he went to introduce his enemies to Jesus Christ and the God who “gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16). Like Paul, King Po declared himself as the chief of all sinners. He had been forgiven much – so much that He could not even speak of it without crying. The radical change in his life caused many of his enemies to join him in following the one true God. The Lord was indeed his great Salvation.
Zephaniah 3 describes a people much like my friend King Po. The Israelites had sinned greatly. They had forsaken the one true God. They were prideful and arrogant. But among them was a remnant. And God declared He would bring that remnant “home.” Once there, there would be resounding joy and gladness throughout Zion. Restoration was and always will be in the Lord’s hands. No one else can forgive as much, no one else can love as much, no one else can provide as much – the ultimate salvation. The redemption of Israel is just a foreshadowing of what is to come when we all experience the ultimate redemption and enter into our Zion, the land resounding with joy and gladness. It will be so because “Yahweh has spoken” (Zeph. 3:20).