Prophesying over God’s chosen people.
“Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples.
But the Lord will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon you.
Nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.” (Isaiah 60:1-3 NASB)
Nineteen prophetic verses continue, concerning Millennial Israel and Gentile nations, if you are interested. The last two end the prophecy this way.
“Then all your people will be righteous.
They will possess the land forever,
The branch of My planting,
The work of My hands,
That I may be glorified.
The smallest one will become a thousand,
And the least one a mighty nation.
I, the Lord, will bring it about quickly in its time.” (Isaiah 60:21-22 NASB)
That is the time I have on my mind.
Most of you have Christmas on your mind, in a celebratory way. Others will tell you the 25th of December’s celebrations are not Scriptural. They have many reasoned arguments why the tradition of Christmas is not Biblical. Tell that to Joseph and Mary when you see them. Was there a family tradition in their household that marked the years until their child reached the age of 13? Would He then become “a son of the law”? Who knows? Today’s bar mitzvah is a Rabbinic tradition of a command God was said to have given Moses. Traditions, we all have them.
If we are saved, Jesus is family. So, what does it matter if the date is all wrong? It is a time of remembrance. Traditions of men will soon pass away; our Father will have His appointed days. In the meantime, Bethlehem is where it began, the redemption of man. An important part of God’s gospel. “Away in a manger” God’s sacrifice lay, and now He is the Lord we worship. God gave, that is the spirit of Christmas.