A Christmas Devotion #2
Robin Aylor 12/16 2018
The Long Expected Word of Hope:
Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
This is the great news promised throughout the Old Testament glimpsed in Genesis chapter 3 after Adam sinned how that one offspring of the woman would be born who is the only hope for the sins of the world… and again this same promise was proclaimed to Abraham and Issac, Jacob, David, and more.
The multitude of heavenly host began by saying: “Glory to God” and proclaiming that on earth peace is appropriated among those with whom God is well pleased.
So the question begs: Whom is God well pleased?
In Genesis 3 Adam failed and we find that even though they might try none of his offspring have since been able to please God even unto this day.
But there is one who has pleased God.
Matthew 12:18 refers back to Isaiah 42 concerning the prophecy of Jesus saying: 18 “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased.
Jesus pleased God.
And the Father has said of his Son: Matthew 3:17 …“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
So now back to the message of hope from the multitude of heavenly host: 14 … peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Shall we conclude that Jesus is the only one who can receive peace and fellowship with God? Is the good news of great joy only for Jesus who has pleased God? After all, he is the only one who has never sinned against God in any fashion.
1st Peter 2:22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.
Isaiah 53:9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
In Luke 2:10 the messenger had just said: 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
How then can sinful broken peoples from every tribe and nation in the world be found pleasing to God like Jesus was?
The bible is filled with the answer. Jesus took our place as a sinner and was paid our debt. "the wages of sin is death", and he gave his righteousness unto all who would look to him with great joy.
2nd Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
You see, Jesus was and is the actual good news. He was the long awaited offspring of the woman; the anticipated one in whom the saints of old found hope. Although the fullness of the good news was veiled they found joy in trusting Gods word as it was given by his prophets. They rested and took pleasure and found delight in looking forward to the long expected Messiah.
For those who believe in Jesus, God is well pleased.
Father in heaven thank you for your mercy and grace. Thank you for the good news of great joy in Jesus. Thank you for quickening us to believe and delight in your Son; this one through whom the world was created and through whom we also become a new creation in Christ Jesus. Thank you for the right standing and righteousness and the sweet fellowship with God that comes through Jesus. Thank you for loving us and adopting us as your children with an inheritance giving us all things. As now as our only hope you have given us that which we do not deserve... even yourself... Because of your long expected promise of Jesus, you are well pleased with us who delight in you. Thank You Lord!