So it is Christmas Eve. We celebrate the coming of Jesus the Messiah into the world. This event is but a chain of events that end in the total victory of the Messiah — the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world — against the powers of darkness in this universe. So it is fitting that we read Revelation 17 today. The verses that strike me are as follows:
14 They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” 15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages (Revelation 17:14&15 [NIV]).
Today we celebrate a link in the chain that brings total victory for God. An eternal Kingdom that will be established and God’s reign will be established for all eternity.
Part of celebrating this first advent is also preparing for the second advent, when Christ returns and this prophecy begins to be fulfilled. What are you doing this Christmas 2018 to prepare for the coming second advent of Jesus? Think and pray about that because what we read in Revelation 17 will some day become reality.
It’s early morning on Christmas eve. My house is quiet. In a corner, the kids’ gifts, wrapped–tucked in a bag until later to go under our Christmas tree. On my desk, Bible open. Coffee, second cup. And a melody in my mind, O Holy Night–my favorite Christmas song this year.
Reading through 2 Chronicles, struck by the slaughter of animals. Blood splashed against the altar. A somber image. Burnt offerings and sin offerings made for all of Israel.
Zechariah and imagery of a Good Shepherd. A Messianic message.
And John 14. Slowly savoring words in red letters. Today, considering the eve of his birth, so long ago, these words yet to be spoken then–now in my hands to read over again. His voice arrests me with its authority,
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Verses 6-7.
His words. Red, like blood against an altar. His life a sacrifice. A sin offering. His death enough to cover the sin of the world.
Contemplating his birth.
Long lay the world, in sin and error pining. Till He appeared, and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, a weary world rejoices. For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Anticipating his return.
Merry Christmas everyone.