Last week I was at Schlotzky’s and I heard this lady next to me talking about her Thanksgiving and she said, ”We spent it with our friends and it was so much fun, because it was with all the people we wanted to be with.”
Sometimes family can make the holidays a little noisy. In every family it is inevitable that there are different expectations around the holidays. Yet, even with all the chaos from traveling, and attending parties, I wish there were a dozen days throughout the year that we would celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ because it is a time when we are reminded of a tremendous amount of hope that is provided to all of humanity.
In Micah 5 we see a clearer picture of this hope:
2″But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.”
3Therefore He will give them up until the time
When she who is in labor has borne a child
Then the remainder of His brethren
Will return to the sons of Israel.
In verses 1-4 we are going to see the word “will” 7 times and the word “will” has a future connotation of hope. You know what is like to know that help is coming? When your car breaks down in the middle of no where someone tells you they are coming to help?
Verse 2 tells us this person coming to help is a ruler, that His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity, which literally means “days of immeasurable time.” He is eternal. The One who is coming isn’t like the ones who have let them down in the past. The kings who have abused their power, the priests who have misled them, the prophets who made false claims. This one will be different.
Just as a side note, this person of hope is described throughout scripture and has over 300 descriptions. 300 descriptions of who this person is going to be and everyone of those 300 descriptions are fulfilled in the person and work of Jesus Christ.