|Posted by Lorraine Serra on December 7, 2014 at 1:15 PM|
Come, let us settle the matter. So many things in life clamor to be settled; racism, sexism, abuse, corruption, terrorism, health issues, faithfulness, commitments, green living, economic responsibility, world peace.
But, despite our best efforts, things once thought "settled" become unsettled again. The courts can reverse a ruling; the streets erupt in violence and chaos. Adultery, abandonment, betrayal, selfishness and greed cause upheaval, leaving all unsettled.
Some things it seems can never be settled at all. It is the human condition, and it needs help.
The message of Advent echoes down through the centuries. It is still the same. It is settled. Jesus came, as Prince of Peace, and He will come again as King of Kings.
"Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven." Psalm 119:89 Now, that is staying power. Wisdom. Application. Results.
Jesus said, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away." Matt 24:35 His word, and His life continue to impact the world.
Through the prophet Isaiah, over 600 years before the birth of Christ, God spoke a promise, and fulfilled it in Christ's life, death and resurrection:
"Come now, let's settle this," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool." Isa. 1:18
Christ came to turn our darkness into light, our fear into faith, our despair into hope. How is this possible? Because it is settled. Forgiveness and a new life of relationship with God Almighty forever, are the unchanging, settled promises of God to those who welcome Christ's coming.
We can have peace on earth, but it is the peace within, knowing our relationship with God is secure and unbreakable. No wonder the angels sang over those trembling shepherds in Bethlehem's fields,
"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." We are talking some super glad tidings of great joy! This is the ultimate good will towards men! Oh, come let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord!
Categories: ADVENT 2014