Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10
One of the most glorious and wondrous pictures of Christ in the Old Covenant can be found in the person of Nehemiah. Here is the Cup bearer and food taster to the king, our living communion of bread and wine. Here is the redemptive plan of the Father as Nehemiah is the response to the King’s heart and the desolate captivity of the people. Here is the servant laying down his life from the glory of the palace to work in the dust and broken ruins of hopelessness and here is the restoration and completeness to restore, hope, security and dependence upon God’s unlimited goodness.
For Christ has rebuilt the wall of separation that has invaded each of our minds. We like the stones of the walls of Jerusalem are now living stones cemented into Christ our eternal wall of salvation.
And what is the command of God to us now that Christ has finished his work and the cross has accomplished our new life in him. It is to enjoy the choice food and sweet drink because God has made you holy.
The finished work of Christ is a day of celebration, a day of entering into the party of Christ and a day where the joy of the Lord is now the strength within your heart.
Christ in you is the hope of glory, the living communion, the restoration of all that sin had destroyed and the abounding joy of the father.