December 1, 2019- December 24, 2019
December 1, 2019
The people of Israel had been waiting for Messiah for generations. They knew He was coming because God had promised it. They knew He would come from the line of David and would be a King. And they knew He would deliver His people. But they did not know how…or when. By the time of the birth of Jesus, Israel’s glory days had passed. They had served time in exile because of their sin and failure to trust God. Now they were subject to Rome and unable to govern themselves. The chosen people of God were in darkness. But they remembered the promise, and so can we. We are also among God’s chosen and darkness often rules our lives. But there is hope coming. The Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world is coming. And He is here! There is hope!
Gabriel told Zechariah that his son John was coming to bring change. He would right wrongs, change hearts, and prepare the people for someone greater than himself…the Messiah of God. As we are preparing for the celebration of the coming of Jesus in the manger of Bethlehem, what change do we need for our own lives? Do we seek restoration in relationships? Do we have problems with anger and resentment? Do we think we are better than others or do we think of ourselves as worthless? The fact is, we need change just as much as the world did in Jesus’ day and there is good news! The birth of Jesus promises us the change we seek if we seek it in Him.