Luke 2:21-52; Ezekiel 38-39; Isaiah 61
Disney movies have become a staple for parents of young children. One of the favorites is Sleeping Beauty – the result of which is that almost every girl at one time or another dreams of finding her own Prince Charming. Sleeping Beauty is being christened at court with 7 invited fairies giving presents and blessings. An 8th fairy, a wicked fairy, enters and while seated, doesn’t get a good seat. She utters a curse when she approaches the child that will lead to death. The last fairy to offer her gift changes the curse to make it a long sleep. Well, you know the rest of the story. Someday, her prince will come.
As we celebrate the coming of our prince, the Prince of Peace, we are reminded that Joseph and Mary followed the Law inasmuch as they were able to. They appeared at the Temple to make the offering required. Well, the poor people’s version of the offering. They didn’t invite others to show up, but God invited a couple of prophets to be there. Both had been promised that they would see the Messiah before they died. Simeon pronounced a blessing as he held Jesus: “Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’” Jesus was the salvation for all people – Gentiles and Jews alike. Most people saw Jesus as the messiah for the Jews alone. As we know history, Jesus was and is the Savior for all people. It was and is still today an amazing statement when so many refuse to see the gift that Jesus is to the world. We should work as the children of God to show Jesus as a light of revelation to non-Jews and the glory of Israel.
Today is the day to begin taking Christ out of Christmas and bringing His message to a world that needs to hear of His great love and salvation. He brings peace to those who find Him. I need to think to myself “Who needs the peace of God?” He brings rescue or salvation to those caught in their sin. Again, I need to ask myself “Who needs to be rescued from their lifestyle of sin?” By now, I’ve pretty much included everyone. I need to let my words and my life show that I have been rescued from sin and that I have the peace of God in my heart. I need to do that for all that I meet. Lord, give me the strength to be Your servant and to have Your Peace and show that I have Your forgiveness each and every day. Give me the opportunities to speak to others of Your peace and forgiveness.