Day 356 – Born to Die and Rule

Here we are in the Christmas season and it seems like everything I read in my daily passages points to the Good News that started at Christmas (well, long before that…). Like here, in Nahum:

Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him
who brings good news,
who publishes peace! (Nahum 1:15a ESV)

That’s the passage quoted by Paul in Romans 10:15 where he talks about the need for people to preach the Good News of the Messiah who died on the Cross. It also reminds me of the passage I read my kids tonight — of John the Baptist coming to prepare the way for Jesus.

Then there’s this passage in Revelation. It’s almost like John is watching the goings on with Jesus from the perspective of heaven. It’s as if he traveled back in time and is now watching the cosmic battle working itself out from a whole new perspective.

And here’s the part where Jesus is born – a bit different than the stories in Matthew and Luke!

And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.  She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron…

And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.

And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.  Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them!  (Revelation 12:1, 5a, 10-12 ESV)

In just a short few verses (I took out the part about Satan falling out of heaven), we go from the Birth of Jesus to His Death.  He was born to die!

Jesus was born to rule, too – but first He must establish His kingdom by purchasing His people with His blood.

It’s easy enough to forget Christmas is about Jesus’ incarnation. I need to remember both that AND the fact that He came to die, to defeat the accuser, to make us His children.

That’s good news that brings peace!

Lord, help me remember. Amen.

Today’s Passages: Nahum 1:1-3:9, Psalm 145:17-21, Proverbs 30: 15b-16, Revelation 12:1-1-18. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only)

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