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Christmas Through New Eyes, the Prophets part 3 of 3

By: Admin on December 5, 2012

Micah – Saw Jesus the King
Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah. They probably knew each other, had coffee together and shared a deep concern for the moral and spiritual state of the people of Israel who claimed to follow God yet their lives showed they were far, far away.

God also worked through Micah and Isaiah to teach about the hope that would come from God. A hope that Israel didn’t deserve, but God in His love would give in a tangible way.

As part of Micah's messages in the Bible he said this, about 700 years before Jesus actually came to the earth:

Micah 5:2: But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. 

This person that Micah talks about is the “Messiah”, the “Christ”, the “Chosen One” who would save Israel and the whole world.

Luke 2:4 – 7 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Historically, Jesus was born in Bethlehem. A prophecy about his birth place came 700 years before and was fulfilled.

Micah opens the door a little further into God's heart, mind and plan and we see that Jesus is going to be King.

Jesus is King, but He has not set up His full Kingdom…YET! If that had happened, our world would not be the way it is right now.

But Jesus the King is here right now and is living and moving with those who believe in Him and have accepted Him:

Luke 17:20, 21 20 Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”

This word, “within”, could also be translated “among” you. Jesus was speaking to religious leaders about the Kingdom of God. They understood it to be a literal, physical, political, economic structure.

Jesus made it clear that His Kingdom wasn’t a political entity – it was the reality of those who believed in Him. His presence had established God’s kingdom right there. And it continues to this day in the hearts and lives of those who believe in Jesus and one day Jesus will literally set up His Kingdom and rule with true justice over all the earth.

This is the hope that Christmas brings. This is the true message of Christmas. Let's look at Christmas through these eyes.

If you would like more information on Jesus and the awesome message and hope He brings, contact us.

If you would like to hear this whole series on "Christmas through New Eyes", just go to: http://www.waverleychurch.ca/messages/

Topics: bible, christmas, jesus, message series

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