For this Advent season we offer you a Bible reading for each day which points to the first coming of the Lord Jesus at Christmas and his return in glory!
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."
3Therefore Israel will be abandoned
until the time when she who is in labor bears a son,
and the rest of his brothers return
to join the Israelites.
4He will stand and shepherd his flock
in the strength of the LORD,
in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
will reach to the ends of the earth.
A few comments
It’s easy to feel a little beleaguered these days as Christians in London. The press only seems to mention Christianity to show how out of step with society we are, to report on some scandal or to reveal the latest statistical evidence of the terminal decline of Christianity in Britain. There is great encouragement for us in these verses.
First, we see that God’s mighty work is often unseen and despised. Jesus is not born to great acclaim in a palace in the capital city. He’s born in a cattle shed in a nothing town called Bethlehem. It was not big news in Jerusalem at the time. The human headlines are not the place to look for God’s mighty workings!
Second, whatever the press may say, verse 4 promises that God’s people will dwell in prosperity and security for eternity and eventually Jesus’ rule will extend to the ends of the earth.
Point for Prayer
Pray that we would be less intimidated by what is said about Christianity in the media. Pray that we would be confident in Jesus and secure in his eternal kingdom, and so would share the gospel and live for Jesus whatever our culture thinks of us.