Starting today, and through all our Catches leading up to Christmas, we will be following the tradition of Advent. Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity and the coming of Jesus.
This Christmas, the whole world is on high alert. The orange color of high alert is threatening to overcome the traditional red and green of Christmas. Fear and distrust are paramount. When company Christmas parties can become scenes of massacre from inside the ranks, suddenly no one feels safe. Now, more than ever, a weary world needs something to rejoice about.
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15) Ever since these words of prophesy were directed at the serpent who tempted Eve, every expectant Jewish mother has wondered if her child would be the one who would fulfill the promises of a Messiah that repeatedly show up in the Old Testament and the Jewish Talmud, and crush the head of Satan.
Jews are still waiting. Christians are echoing that wait, leading up to Christmas, as a way of remembering the world Christ came into. It was not that much better than this one. An argument could be made that it was worse. Witness, for instance, the terror of King Herod slaughtering all male children born to Jews as a result of hearing the announcement that a prophesied king was among them.
So, if the Messiah has come, why isn’t it any better today? Wasn’t Christ supposed to bring peace on Earth? Yes, and He did. He brought the peace that passes all understanding that floods the hearts and minds of all those who believe in Him — who believe that He was the promised one and through Him all people can have life, and life eternal.
So peace did come, and it can come to you right now by faith. Won’t you receive Him? He came to Bethlehem one holy night, but He can be born in your heart right now. You don’t have to wait for Christmas. I would not want to face this weary world without Him.
A thrill of hope — the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
- The word fear has many synonyms (despair, doubt, horror, panic, awe, worry, cowardliness, distress, faintheartedness, reverence, cold feet, etc.). What is your definition of the opposite of fear, and how is it manifested in your everyday life?
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