“Of the increase of His government and peace, There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” – Isaiah 9:7 NKJV
It is obvious that we live in a world of great political turmoil, polarizing issues, disputes, and confusion. Justice is being perverted unashamedly. Boundary wars between nations are no longer a thing of the past. Nations are going to war against each other.
“And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” – Matthew 24:6 NKJV
As it concerns the faith, we see a rise in opposition to the truth as well as persecution.
For some, calamity seems so far away. For others, it is right at their doorstep. There remains a niggling fear that disaster may strike any time soon. Yet, we shall not be afraid.
If you recall, Jesus was born in a situation just like ours. In fact, the devil tried to truncate his advent through Herod but what came out of his ploy? Deliverance! What looked like a hopeless situation, God turned it around.
He whisked the family off to safety in Egypt until the threat to His life was gone and for a long while, Jesus grew up in Bethlehem of Judea, free from danger to His life.
This tells us that we have been prepared for such a time as this. Jesus Himself tells us “When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be troubled” – Mark 13:7a NKJV
Through the birth of Jesus, we can see that we have hope that we can face tomorrow. In His death, burial, and resurrection, we have received the assurance of salvation! And at His second coming, we shall be changed within the twinkle of an eye. There will be no more suffering, death, and pain. Glory to God!
Indeed, Christ in us is the hope of glory! Keep this in mind as you approach Christmas. Why don’t you go ahead and thank God that Jesus came to this world to set us free?
Bible Reading Plan: Ezra 7-10