Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Heart of Christmas: The Promise Kept, the Prophecy Fulfilled


God told Isaiah what to say, and he said it. Some of the things God said must have seemed outrageous and impossible, but Isaiah repeated them anyway. 

"A virgin will bear a child and call his name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14) At the time, it was the most unlikely promise imaginable. Everyone knew virgins didn't conceive. 

But one did.

More than 2,000 years later, Isaiah's words don't seem so strange. Mary conceived. Jesus was born. It happened, just as God, through Isaiah, promised. 

The Messiah, Isaiah prophesied, would come from the land of Zebulun and Naphtali, or Galilee. (Isaiah 9:1) You can see by this map that Zebulun and Napathali were in the northern-most part of the kingdom. They were about as far from Jerusalem as you could get. The Messiah, son of David, coming out of Galilee didn't seem likely, either. 

But that's what happened.

God promised it. Jesus fulfilled it. 

"In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it... And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory asa of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:4,5,14 nasb)

As we make our way through the Christmas season, let's remember that Christmas is not about the story of Santa Claus, nor a mythical slide down a chimney with a magical bag of gifts. 

Disciples of Christ, let us celebrate the fact of God's promises kept in the person of Jesus Christ, the God who wrapped Himself in flesh and dwelt among us. There's no magic involved, only the mercy and grace of God. 

It's the most impossible miracle of all, but it happened, just as God said. If there was ever a reason to celebrate, this is it. 

Christ has come. 

He died, is risen, and He's coming again.
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In case you missed it, here's the link to yesterday's post: The Heart of Christmas: The Question That's Been Answered
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