Celebrating Immanuel….Day # 1 — November 24, 2012
For the next 30 days, I would like to take us back in time on a literary journey to the days preceding the blessed birth of our Lord, Savior, and Messiah, Jesus Christ. I would like to travel back to a time when the arrival of a Messiah was hugely on the hearts and minds of every soul…And, compare it to our present-day anticipation of Christ’s Second Coming. Amen!
Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)…
(The arrival of Mary to her Aunt Elizabeth’s house)…”Oh, Aunt Elizabeth, How truly amazing. Can I really and truly be the chosen virgin whom the Prophet Isaiah spoke of? A hand-maiden who will bring forth the blessed Son of God?”
“Oh, yes, my dear child. The babe inside of me leaped with joy when he heard the salutations of your voice. It is you who carries our Redeemer; the Hope of Israel.”
(Two older Jewish men working side by side under the harsh hands of Roman rule)…”Where, where is this Hope of Israel? How long must we suffer at the hands of Rome? When will a Deliverer come; as was promised?”
“Old man, you speak as a foolish one…Does our LORD have to tell us when He will come? Our prophets spoke of His coming, and I believe.”
In those days, the Jewish people expected their Messiah to come any moment as a reigning King to deliver them from the harsh bondage of slavery that they had endured for over four-hundred years. Yet; the Bible teaches that His first coming was upon the “wise.” “And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12
Oh, the great anticipation of His long-awaited arrival would soon be over…Mary would bring forth a Son…Oh, ask yourself this question: What must have those days, hours, and minutes leading up to the birth of Jesus felt like to both young Mary and her espoused husband, Joseph, as they awaited for their Promised Messiah? The Bible tells us that, “Mary pondered these things in her heart.”
Oh, my friend, do you and I “ponder” the sacred things of God in our hearts today? Do you and I ponder the second coming of Christ Jesus as eagerly as those who awaited his first arrival? Do you and I greet each morning with great anticipation that, “Today, could be the day that the Lord comes again!” Oh, I hope so.
I hope you will enjoy my thirty-day series on, “Celebrating Immanuel.” I’m looking forward to reflecting upon our Lord’s first arrival in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago while also writing about His exciting futuristic second coming as earth’s King of Kings and Lord of Lords…Let’s Celebrate Immanuel together!! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Amen!
Remember, God Loves You,
Lin T Rollins, Author
@copyright by Lin T Rollins – November 2012