2014-12-11 - Messiah Comes
Isa 55:11 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
There's a song that asks a question in its title - How Should a King Come?1. It goes on to cite many examples the include castles with flags flying high, and beautiful white horses and more. Israel expected Messiah to come as a King many hoping that He would throw off the yoke of their oppressors.
Hindsight is always 20/20. We have the benefit of history to know Jesus came as a baby to a poor but faithful couple. The newborn king was heralded by angels to shepherds who leave their flocks and race to Bethlehem to see this foretold wonder (Luke 2:8-20). He was greeted by Simeon and Anna recognized the promised Messiah as Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to be dedicated (Luke 2:22-32). The majority from the leadership through the masses expected what Christians believe will be the kingly arrival at the second coming of Christ.
There were a few more who were on track. This is a crystal clear picture of how God's ways differ from our mortal thoughts. Messiah coming as a king to die on a cruel cross for our sakes. What appears to be impossible or at least illogical becomes precious reality. This birth was planned in eternity past (Rev 13:8b). Our names were written in the Lamb's book of life before Adam and Eve were created. God knew we as a race would falter and need to be rescued.
Jesus came quietly to be born and to live a perfect sinless life in order to be the spotless Lamb to be sacrificed. His shed blood paid for our sins. His resurrection broke the power of death.
A king dying for His subjects. Selah.
Rom 5:6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.