Words from the Heart for Monday December 27th, 2021
The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!
Luke 2:11 (NLT)
Sir Isaac Brock is known as the Saviour of Upper Canada. When the Americans invaded at Queenston Heights, Brock was awakened from sleep at Fort George and rode hastily to the village. Almost as soon as he arrived, the Americans seized a gun battery on the heights. Brock decided a direct attack was needed immediately without time to wait for reinforcements. As he led his troops he was hit in the chest by a shot from an American soldier. Brock died instantly but his troops pushed the Americans back across the Niagara River.
The arrival of Jesus on that first Christmas should have been no surprise to the Jewish people. Their prophets had been predicting His coming for centuries. They had told God’s chosen people that the Messiah would be preceded by a forerunner – fulfilled in John the Baptist – that He would be born in Bethlehem, and that He would be born of a virgin. So, what the angels proclaimed in Luke 2:11 should have come as no surprise: “The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” It had happened just as the prophet Micah had predicted – Jesus’ birth took place in the village of Bethlehem. There was no coincidence here. In fact, there was no coincidence in anything that was happening at this point. God’s redemption plan was being worked out perfectly. This all had been planned before time itself existed. Jesus had stepped out of eternity and into time, out of Glory and into our world. Every other prophecy about the Messiah would also be fulfilled in Him as well – everything that would secure our redemption. Christmas shines with Easter glory – the glory of eternity.
These have been words from the heart.