|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “The awesome reality of the presence of God”
Our Bible verse for today: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; a light has dawned on those living in the land of darkness … For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:2; 6 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “The Promise is for Everyone”
I’m a dispensationalist and I suspect you are too. Dispensationalism is a theological term that maintains that over the course of human history God has progressively revealed Himself to humans in greater and more obvious ways.
At one time, His presence was evident primarily only through creation. But then in the times of Abraham and Lot God started to get personal with a few special people. Then in the times of Moses He went even further and began communicating with an entire nation of people through spokesmen, signs, miracles, and even the written word. In the days of Jesus, He was actually physically present among us in a human body. Then on the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came to live in the hearts of the followers of Jesus, and that’s where we are today.
The incarnation of Jesus brought the world into an entirely new dispensation, or era, of human history. God would now begin to interact with the human race in a way that was personal and revealing far beyond anything He had ever done previously in history. It’s a promise He had made almost immediately after sin entered the world in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:15), and it’s one He repeated numerous times, in many ways, and through multiple spokespersons all throughout the Old Testament, right up until the time of the incarnation.
But here’s the thing: The Promise was for everyone. It wasn’t just for the Jews. When Isaiah said in Isaiah 9:6 a child will be born “for us”, he was referring to the human race. Jesus is for everyone. That’s why in John 3:16 John told us that God so loved “the world” that He sent His only Son …”
Going back to our devotion from yesterday regarding Jesus being the light of the world, people all around you are stumbling in spiritual darkness. They are confused, lost, hurting, and struggling. They need to know about Jesus. They need to experience the light in the darkness that we talked about yesterday. Jesus came for such people. The promise of the Messiah is for them.
Christmas is the perfect time to share Jesus with others. The promise is for everyone. I encourage you to talk to someone about Jesus today.
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