2003-12-28 - For Unto Us a Child is Born
What then is God's purpose? It is to restore humanity and His creation. This is done through the work of the cross. And what is our responsibility? It is to be part of the process by which the message of hope is given to the lost.
And who is our model? It is Christ. Using Him as our example, we need to consider how we present this message of hope. We need to do this in a spirit of vulnerability, transparency and humility. We need to approach the lost as conduits of God's love and mercy.
To often the Gospel is given in a spirit of arrogance, of the believer being superior to the unbeliever. But, our
". attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross!" (Philippians 2:5-8).
We have found peace with God. We are called to be peacemakers in the lives of others and in society, even though we realize there will be no permanent peace until the Messiah comes. And so, until then, we are to offer the message of that final peace, a peace flowing from righteousness, a peace available to all who will accept the gift of God's righteousness.
"Righteousness must precede peace (Heb 7:2). Therefore, only that One whose very name is righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6), as Prince of Peace can speak peace to the nations. Sitting upon the throne of David, from the top of Mt. Zion exalted (Psalm 2:6; Isaiah 2:2-4), He shall sway the scepter over the tribes of Israel, and over all the earth. He shall bear upon His mighty shoulder, the place of strength and power, the burdens of government, and His voice shall ring out like the clarion call of a silver trumpet, to the individual crushed beneath life's load - saying: "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt 11:28).
Art thou weary, art thou languid,
Art thou sore distrest?
"Come to Me," saith One, "and, coming, be at rest."
Hath He marks to lead me to Him,
If he be my Guide?
In His feet and hands are wound-prints,
And His side."
"This Melchizedek was king of Salem First, his name means "king of righteousness"; then also, "king of Salem" means "king of peace." (Hebrews 7:1-2).
"In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore" (Isaiah 2:2-4).
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