The Promised Christ: The Desire of All Nations – Rev. R. Hanko

That he [Jesus Christ in Haggai 2:7] is called the Desire of all nations is a reference to his being lovely to the people of God in his saving grace and power. They say of him; ‘He is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem’ (Song of Sol. 5:16). They say this only by grace, for without grace he is not lovely but despised and rejected. He is called the Desire of all nations especially, however, because he is the fulfillment of everything the temple represented: the covenant and fellowship with God as members of his family under one roof.

He is the ‘desires’ (plural) of the nations because all pleasant and desirable riches are found in him.

…He is, as David says, ‘all my salvation, and all my desire’ (2 Sam.23:5). He is the ‘chiefest among ten thousand’ (Song of Sol. 5:10), the Wisdom of God who is more to be desired than rubies (Prov.8:11).

Christ is desirable as the one described in Psalm 45:2: ‘Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee forever.’ He is desirable as the one in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col.2:3), as the one who is the only begotten Son of God come in the flesh, as the savior of sinners whose blood is more precious than gold or silver. He is desirable in his person, in his works, and in his gifts – as the one in whom we are chosen of God, as redeemer, deliverer, intercessor, and judge. There is nothing undesirable about him, and the unbelief of many who do not desire him is not a reflection on his glory but a testimony to their blindness.

Coming_of_Zion_s_Redeemer -LgFrom Rev. Ronald Hanko’s commentary on Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi (The Coming of Zion’s Redeemer, RFPA, 2014), where he is explaining the prophecy of Haggai 2:6,7 (pp.58-59):

For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;

And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.

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