THIS SERIES: DREAMING OF A PERFECT CHRISTMAS?
On those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.
Christmas also brings a message of hope in a very dark world. Many face the season in distress or difficulty, maybe with sickness, unemployment or family problems. And then on the world stage there is famine, war-mongering, brutality and murder; all reminders that we live in a fallen world, a world under the influence of the evil one.
It is good to remember amidst the daily news-reports of destruction and suffering, and the serious issues which cloud our horizons, that the Lord has not been taken by surprise, and He isn't in retreat.
His answer has always been to come in the midst of darkness and meet people where they are, bringing His light & transformation.
This is the message of Christmas.
And He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end…..
The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
So often Christians take the view that bad stuff happens because it is ‘God’s will’ & He wants to ‘teach’ us something. Jesus was the exact representation of the Father, and His response to evil was to conquer it: so He healed the sick, set the oppressed free, fed the hungry, and continually declared the favour of God.’ And despite what the world, or our circumstances look like, the Word says, ‘Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end…..’ meaning that the Lord has an expectation of His Kingdom rule continuing to advance, as we, His church co-operate with Him.
The Light of the World has come. Light by its very nature always dispels darkness; so this Christmas let’s counter the dark areas in our personal lives, in our families & communities with an invitation to Jesus to come & flood the darkness with His light. And then let’s expect an life-changing encounter with Emmanuel, the God who comes down to us & meets us where we are.
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