Traveling and computer issues have made me late. I apologize. Hoping to catch up today. Merry Christmas!
Luke 1:1-25; Ezekiel 33; Isaiah 57
“And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:16-17 NKJV)
The birth of Christ in this world was the end of the beginning of time and the beginning of the end of time. From this point on, God would deal with people on the basis of grace, but even still, they needed to be prepared, and this was John’s call. He was to turn people back to the Lord, and turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the disobedient to God’s wisdom in order to prepare them for the coming of the Lord. Later people would remind Jesus that Elijah would have to come to prepare the way for the Messiah: Luke makes it clear that John came in the spirit of Elijah, as did Jesus.
John’s job was to make people expect the coming Messiah. When Jesus came, it should have been obvious that He was the Messiah. What had happened was that as the people of Israel lost their focus on God, fathers didn’t care about their children. Relationships deteriorated as people thought about themselves even above family, and the same thing happens today. The coming of the Messiah the first time restored ther relationship between man and God. The result of that should be restored relationships in family and throughout society. As we grow in our relationship with God, we should think of others more than ourselves. As we prepare for the second coming of Jesus, we should heed this call to think about others more than ourselves and find ways to show God’s love to those wh need to experience it.
Lord, turn my heart back to You. At the same time, turn my eyes and my heart to people who need to experience Your love. Help me to show them Your love as they need to experience it.