When God Makes Everything Right
by Pastor Gene
Dream with me.
Dream of the day when God will make everything right.
Isaiah 9 looks forward to the true Christmas day, the day the Savior of the world would be born in Bethlehem. He would come to remove gloom from those who were in anguish. “The people who walked in darkness,” he said, “have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone” (Isaiah 9:2).
The prophet continues, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given” (Isaiah 9:6). Yes, the Child was born, but the eternal Son could only be given.
There’s obviously something very special about this Child. He is an eternal Child.
Micah said of the One who would go forth from Bethlehem that His origins are “from long ago, from the days of eternity” (Micah 5:2, NASB).
John declared Him to be the eternal “Word” who was “with God” and who “was God” (John 1:1).
Although He was “in the form of God,” He did not “count equality with God a thing to be grasped” (Philippians 2:6).
“All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3).
He is “before all things, and in him all things hold together … For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” (Colossians 1:17, 19).
He said of Himself, “I am the Alpha and the Omega … who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8).
And “in him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4).
This is a very special Child indeed!
It’s important for us to have a clear understanding of who this Child really is. For the Bible tells of a day when He will usher in a new era – one in which “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).
So, dream with me.
Imagine this new world with me.
Jesus will be the King over the whole universe.
“The government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this” (Isaiah 9:6-7).
In that day, “the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed” (Daniel 12:3).
In that day, “the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it” (Micah 4:1).
“And many nations shall come, and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths” (Micah 4:2).
In that day, war will end forever: “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Micah 4:3).
In that day, all exploitation of labor shall cease, as will fear: “They shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken” (Micah 4:4).
In that day, tears will end, death will die, morning shall cease, pain will be a faint memory, and all things will become new: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
The Apostle Paul summed it up like this: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9, NKJV).
In light of this, the Apostle Peter enjoins us to look within and honestly access where we stand with the Lord, to know beyond doubt that we will share in that glorious soon-coming Kingdom. “Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:10-11).
So, dream with me.
Imagine you and I there in that Kingdom that will know no end. There, not because of any inherent goodness within us, but because of the victory of the sinless One.
It is in Him and in Him alone that our hope lies.
To consider …
- How does considering the promises of Christ’s coming Kingdom change the way you look at your life today? Tomorrow?
- Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Thy Kingdome come.” Consider this exercise. Draw a line down the center of a page on a legal pad. Mark one column “then” and the other “now.” Contrast the biblical vision of what the world will look like in its millennial glory and what it looks like now. Use your result as prayer points.
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