End of the world?
December 20, 2012
This season of Immanuel says otherwise. The Bible is filled with many reassuring and clear passages about God’s love for the world – and all of His creation – for any of us to give in to concerns about some kind of impending destruction. In fact, the Scriptures state that God sent His son to make His love and salvation plain eternally. (see John 3:16)
The prophecy in the book of Isaiah about Immanuel (a Hebrew word meaning “God with us”) was given to comfort and sustain the early Israelites. (see chapter 7, verse 14) Jesus’ birth fulfilled that holy prediction, not only for his time but for all time. He once said of himself, “be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (see John 16:33) By this, he didn’t mean he was destroying the world, but destroying its pull on him. The Apostle Paul explained it this way: “be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (see Romans 12:2)
Jesus confirmed this when he said, “I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (see John 5:30) And he reiterated his mission this way, “For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” (see Luke 9:56)
Doesn’t it follow then, that the comforting promises of the Bible, and of Jesus’ own life are still valid today? Still worth celebrating? Still worth practicing – today and every day? Look for signs of Immanuel, for God with you. They are everywhere, in every moment and place. But especially look for them in your heart. You will know that you are safe eternally.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.” Eph 3:20,21