“They shall come to the Desire of All Nations…” – Haggai 2:7
1) Christ is called the Desire of all Nations because all things that are desirable are in Him
Beauty is in Christ, bounty is in Christ, riches and honor are in Christ. Jesus Christ is the treasure hidden in the gospel, the pearl of great price; he is the sun in the firmament of the Scriptures, whom to know is everlasting life; he is a spring full of the water of life, a hive of sweetness, a storehouse of riches, a river of pleasures, where you may bathe your souls for all eternity!
What are all the crowns and kingdoms of the world, all the thrones and scepters of kings, compared to Christ! Christ is the fullness of the Godhead; the riches of the Deity are in him! “In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” (Col. 1:19)
Fullness of grace, fullness of knowledge, fullness of love, fullness of glory. He is lovely to the Father, lovely to the angels, lovely to the saints, and lovely to the soul.
2) Christ is called the Desire of all Nations, because his desire is after all nations
Christ has thousands of angels before him, and ten thousand daily minister unto him yet He shows infinite love to those in whom there is no loveliness.
Our Lord Jesus has a great desire for the poor nations or else he would never have left his crown, his royal court, his Father’s bosom, his glorious robes, to come into this world, to be spit upon by men, and to be murdered by men.
“Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.” (John 6:64). Christ knew before he came from heaven what cruel treatment he would have on earth. But Christ had a desire to uncrown himself so He could crown us, to put off his robes so He could put on our rags, to come out of heaven so He could keep us out of hell.
Oh! how Christ desires that souls come to him. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 10:28) And again in Luke 14:23 “‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.”
3) Christ is called the Desire of all Nations, because He alone, makes us desirable
“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God!” (1 Peter 2:9)
Why are the saints desired above all others? Is it for their heritage, breeding, learning, riches, greatness, or honor? No, no! It’s none of these, it’s because Christ is formed in them, and married to them; they have the new name, the new nature, the new heart, the new spirit!
“Has made us kings and priests to His God and Father.” (Revelation 1:6) Christ has made every believer a king! It’s Christ’s beauty that makes us beautiful; it is his riches that makes us rich; it is his righteousness that makes us righteous! He alone makes us truly honorable, and desirable. Christ is the Desire of all Nations because He make us desirable.
– William Dyer