In this Christmas post, Megan Rivera reminds us that Christmas is here and the wait for God’s incredible plan is over!
Christmas is Here, the Wait is Over!
by Megan Rivera
“For to us a child is born, to us, a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
Imagine that moment.
For over 400 years, the prophecies generations grew up listening to had been fulfilled.
A Savior arrived! As the Christmas carol says, the weary world rejoiced because hope had come!
We get to experience the fulfillment that the Israelites were looking forward to. We have the complete Scriptures and the living Savior.
You will not be associated with the military long before you hear, “hurry up and wait.” No one likes to listen to that phrase.
We want to know what is going on and when it is happening! We want to plan and have some sense of control.
Waiting for the military and its uncertainties reminds us that we are not in control, which can be frustrating. It can feel like it will never happen in our waiting season until, suddenly, it does!
At least, that is our point of view.
For God’s Plan
God already knew, and it was a part of His plan.
We can be grateful that he orders our steps from the beginning!
I often wonder if that is how Mary saw it. Suddenly, she was chosen to be the mother of the Messiah.
What about the shepherds? As they kept watch over their flocks, an angel suddenly appeared to tell them the Savior had been born!
Did they feel the incredible waiting?
He is HERE
Galatians 4:4-5 says, “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.” Jesus’ birth has made it possible for us to be born again! He came on a rescue mission to seek and save the lost.
We are now sons and daughters of God.
How priceless is that?
The Christmas story is so beautiful because God used the least likely vessels to accomplish his purpose. Mary, a young virgin, was so happy to be His servant. The shepherds, degraded for their profession, were the first ones told of Jesus’ birth.
Jesus is called “Prince of Peace” in Isaiah 9:6. It is not hard to see that our world lacks peace is one thing that this world is lacking. They are looking in all the wrong places.
For some, Christmas is a beautiful time of year. For others, it is the hardest. 2 Corinthians 9:15 says, “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift”. As we reflect on the birth of our Savior, may we all find comfort and strength in the peace and hope that the Christmas season offers.
The Miracle of Christmas
The very first Christmas, this world received the best gift we could ever imagine. It did not come from an expensive store and did not need the perfect wrapping. Our King of Kings and Lord of Lords entered this world in conditions none of us would choose for our own children.
However, it was God’s plan.
Jesus didn’t come to be served but to serve.
This Christmas let us celebrate our King Jesus.
He is so worthy!
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