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December 22

The Plan
Isaiah 25:1, Luke 1:67-80

Listen to these two passages weaved together:

O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name;

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed His people

For You have worked wonders, plans formed long ago with perfect faithfulness.

And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David as He spoke by … prophets of old.

These passages, written more than 700 years apart, praise God for His faithfulness.  Zechariah looks back to Isaiah, and Isaiah looks back to Moses and Abraham.

There is an eternal golden braid that courses through the lives of men and women to the world in which we live today.  Abraham added to the braid when he trusted that God would give him a legacy.  Jacob added to the braid when he said Judah would lead.  (Genesis 49:10).  Guess which tribe Jesus comes from.  Moses added to the braid when he said The Prophet to Come would say only what He heard from the Father (Deuteronomy 18:15-19).  Daniel added to the braid when he spoke of the time of His birth (Daniel 9:25) and Micah added to the braid when he identified the place of His birth. (Micah 5:2).  I could go on and speak of many prophecies in Isaiah, or many prophecies in Psalms, but the greater point is this:  if God was faithful over thousands of years in fulfilling His promises to send us Jesus in the fullness of time, why don’t we trust God to fulfill His promises to us today?

Easy, we say.  Messiah saving the world is Big Stuff.  Me, I’m just me, a person with a job and a dream (or maybe a dream but no job).  I’m Small Stuff.   You mean like a newly married couple with a baby on the way who has to move to another town where there may or may not be a job available?  Where you might have to bunk, you know, wherever you can find shelter?  That kind of Small Stuff?

Hey, Small Stuff, say this out loud:  Jesus has got me.  He has been where you are and He is with you in your dirty, dusty now.  You are so important to Him that He took nails for you.

This Christmas, can we trust Jesus to meet us where we are, and provide what we need?

Written by Dave Wahl