The Best Present!
Tuesday, December 21, 1999
And again, Isaiah says, "The Root of Jesse will spring up,
one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in
-- Romans 15:12, New International Version
When Jesus came, he did come to only the nation of Israel, He
came for all. He was a proper descendant of King David, the son of
Jesse. His birth was prophesied by Jewish prophets and recorded in the
Bible of the Israelite people. So often we can hear something and
not fully realize the all of the implications. It seems the Messiah was
understood to be a "physical" ruler, when in reality the
Messiah was to be so much more. While David brought Israel great power
and notoriety as an awesome warrior and King, Jesus brought the reign of grace
to the hearts of millions of Jews and non-Jews by conquering death and
bringing true life. Hope is from within, this is where Jesus meets us.
This Advent Season, allow yourself to be ruled by His presence within your
heart and your soul. Know His Hope, know His Peace.
Father, as this year draws to a give us a deep sense of your love
and presence. Shepherd us in your grace. At the same time, rekindle in
our hearts your desire to bring all people together in peace through salvation
in Jesus. Please bless your children throughout the world who are
lovingly sharing your gospel to a culture other than their own. Bless them as
they are apart from their families. Most of all, bless them with the joy of
their desire -- using them to lead someone to salvation during this holiday
season. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.