Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Will You Miss It?

Luke 2:17-19(NLT) After seeing Him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.  All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 

I wonder how much hope the Jews had left. 

They’d been waiting for a Messiah for centuries and had good reason to give up hope.  Over and over their enemies had conquered, beaten, taxed and sometimes displaced them – Egypt, Babylon, and Assyria.  At the time of Jesus’ birth, their lives were miserable under the brutal control of Rome.  Was their God really the One True God?  Would He keep His promise?  Was there still hope?

Mary knew the prophetic scriptures.  Her hope was restored with Gabriel’s message that she would birth the long awaited King.  Joseph’s dream affirmed the name Jesus, which means God saves.  Elizabeth’s greeting confirmed Mary’s special baby.  The shepherd’s gave her added assurance as they recounted the chorus of angels announcing Jesus’ birth.  She treasured these things in her heart.  She had hope.

How many in Bethlehem believed the story Mary and Joseph told?  All Jews recited the scriptural prophesies, but how many truly expected it to happen?  Who do you think believed the lowly shepherds’ tale?  How many missed the big event?

Will you miss it?

Jesus will come again and part of our Christmas celebration is anticipating His arrival.  It’s been 2000+ years since He promised to return.  Have you given up hope?  Will you miss the big event?  While You Were Sleeping by Casting Crowns always makes me wonder.

Will you miss Jesus’ arrival? (tweet this)

Check out Countdown to Cambodia posts #1 and #2 regarding my upcoming mission trip.  You can help the efforts to prevent sex trafficking and care for girls who escape.  I’m gathering first aid items, school supplies, multi-vitamins, and hygiene products.  I am also collecting your words of encouragement for the missionaries in country.  Contact me for more details. 

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