December 22 & 24 Isaiah 9:1-7 Advent Week 4 & Christmas Eve
On that one very special night, the realization that it was that time spoken of for
hundreds of years, was now dawning on a small group huddled in Bethlehem - that God Himself would be that savior - and that time was now!
“A child would be born to a virgin”… this was that.
“He will be called Mighty God, eternal Father, Prince of peace... his name shall be Emmanuel”… so this is who He is.
“There will be no end to the increase of his reign or of the peace He brings… The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. He will save His people from their sins”… His name will be Jesus.
But for this purpose, for this job, His arrival was not what most anticipated or even wanted. But it was what we needed. The significance of HOW He chose to be our salvation cannot not be emphasized enough.
God, veiled in flesh, would do for us what we could not do for ourselves - what we cannot do for ourselves. The zeal of the Lord would accomplish this. We all walk in darkness, until the light shines… and God loved the world so much, that He gave his only Son as the Light, so that whoever believes in Him would not die, but have eternal life.
THIS is the way.
Do you hear what I hear?
When we hear from God, trusting Him for the results is the ultimate act of faith. We can’t help make it happen. When God wants to do something, all we really need to do is announce our trust that He is going to do it… and then watch Him do it. His zeal for His will and His plans will accomplish it. Our so-called passion will not accomplish much except draw attention to ourselves.
The righteous shall live by faith. Mary and Joseph lived by faith in spite of all the naysayers around them. They heard from God and then did the right things that lined up with what they heard from God.
Are we trying to accomplish something that we can do on our own strength and merit? Like Mary and Joseph we must stand with confidence and trust God for the outcomes.