Week 29 day 4
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Luke 2:10 “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
What is the best news you’ve ever heard? Have you ever been the person who brought wonderful news to someone? I often wonder at the angels. We look up to them, we revere them to a degree, we have portrayed them in every manner from cherubic little babies with wings to mighty warriors weary from the battle with the enemy. All of these representations perhaps are valid, but, since I read my scripture somewhat more literally than most I understand that no further revelation is needful, so I tend to avoid staring into the abyss of space looking for an angelic choir announcing the return of Jesus. Whenever that will happen I hope that I am as ready as I could possibly be.
The announcement of the birth of Jesus was necessary because most people had by the time the Romans gained a foothold in Judea despaired of the prophecy ever coming true.
I had occasion to read again today the author’s introduction to the classic book Hind’s feet on high places”. (Hannah Hurnard Living Books edition Tyndale) The author makes a point of saying that everything that happens in this life is an opportunity to know and demonstrate the glory and love of God. Every trial, every victory, every disaster, every wounding are part of what a loving God permits and will use to bring glory to Himself. Yes, even wounding unto death can be to his glory. (John 16:33) These are not comfortable words. But consider for a moment, How comfortable was anybody in the time when Jesu was born. Defeated, occupied, and poor. The people of Israel were probably even more discontented than people were today.