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December 22, 2012

“And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” – Luke 2:10


The verses from Luke are famous; almost every Christian I’ve ever known is able to recite at least some part of the passages of the Nativity. Why? Because the Christmas story is special to God‘s children: it is the moving, triumphant tale of the birth of our Savior. And now, as I read over these words once again, knowing what this event means to us, I can’t help but think about what it meant for all those who lived at that particular point in time.


See, there was 400 years of silence between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New. And before that, their history was – since the death of King Solomon some five-hundred years earlier – a story of one long fall from glory and power. The northern Kingdom of Israel, made up of ten of the twelve tribes, had been destroyed by the Assyrians in the 8th century BC, its survivors carted off and enslaved; their identity lost, and their history forgotten. All that was left was the southern Kingdom of Judah, which two centuries later would fall into its own captivity, the people relocated to Babylon in exile for almost 50 years until freed by Cyrus the Great.


This was the history of the Jews: one of shame and loss, robbed of their glorious history and punished for their faithlessness. Yet they were still God’s Covenant people, and they were promised a coming Messiah – a Savior, Redeemer, and Deliverer – One who would free God’s children and create a Kingdom like no other. To think, for those who were there, to have waited so long for His coming; to finally see it happen, and to believe! To finally possess that hope for salvation, for truth, and eternal peace. After all that time, to see God’s promise begin to come to pass with the birth of Jesus Christ!


But how much more fortunate are we, that we don’t have to wait for anything! For we are not awaiting God’s promise, because His promise has already been fulfilled! That promise has been born, crucified, and resurrected, and His salvation, grace, and righteousness isn’t coming…it’s already here. For us, everything has already been done; it was done those two-thousand years ago at Calvary. Our King of Kings has already set up that Kingdom in the hearts of all His children; and our Prince of Peace reigns in our lives if we only allow Him to do so.


Today, we need to realize that none of us are waiting on our blessings, because we’ve already been blessed. We are not waiting on our healing because we’ve already been healed. We are not waiting for victory, because we have already won! Our King has already been born, died, and has risen again so that we might “have life, and have it more abundantly!” (John 10:10) When we celebrate Christmas, let our hearts honor Him in every way for the sacrifice that beautiful child, born in a manger, was born to make. Made so that you and I might live that abundant life, both here and in Heaven, in peace eternally. Claim the blessings and promises your King has provided today; because unlike the Jews living two thousand years ago, you have not been waiting on these things…they have been waiting on you. With Jesus Christ, we do not have to wait on anything! That’s our King today, folks, “who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” I Tim. 6:15-16)


“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11


Be blessed,



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