They all were looking for a king
To slay their foes and lift them high:
Thou Cam’st a little baby thing
That made a woman cry…
And so begins a poem by George MacDonald, “That Holy Thing”.
This year we are missing the Christmas we were expecting…the Christmas we remember…
Over 2,000 years ago a baby was born. His purpose…to save His people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21) The focus wasn’t on the corrupt government or the invading armies. He didn’t come to change society, He came to transform hearts. Repentance, not easy living, was His goal.
33 years after he was born He died an awful death at the hands of those He had come to save.
3 days later He rose from the grave in spite of Satan’s best efforts to do away with God’s redemption plan.
40 days later, He ascended into heaven. (Acts 1:9-11)
Now might be a good time to remember some of the promises He made before He left.
John 14:3 …If I go and prepare a place for you I will come again that where I am, there you may be also.
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world.”
John 17:3 “This is eternal life, that they may know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
We need to remember that…
He is with us,
He died for us,
He has overcome the world,
He is preparing a place for us,
He is coming back to take us home.
There is nothing I would like more than to sit down with each of you and have a cup of tea. I can picture each of you hurrying around getting ready for Christmas with many or few people this year. Most of all I pray that each of you finds the peace that only Jesus can give.
For further study:
..in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. I Corinthians 15:52
Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings… As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake. Psalm 17: 8 & 15
Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, That the mountains might quake at Your presence – Isaiah 64:1
And rend your heart and not your garments. Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and relenting of evil. Joel 2:13