The Calendar has turned! The excitement is building! Christmas is coming! Are you ready? How many of you will visit family? How many of you are expecting and receiving guests? I am sure that we are all looking forward to the time we will be spending with our family and friends during this time.
The people of God living in the time leading up to Jesus birth were excited about a very special visit. They were especially excited as they lived in desperate times. Living under Roman rule and occupation, they were also at the mercy of the whims of the religious elite! They longed for a new day!
In Luke’s Gospel, Zechariah, (the father of John the Baptist) proclaimed a very special visit to come. Luke 1:78, 79 reads: “Through the tender mercy of our God, whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us. To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death and to guide our feet into the way of peace…”
(Luke 1:78, 79)
What does this mean? First of all, … the Dayspring is “the beginning of a new era or order of things” This visit was special because it marked a new beginning and real change in the order of things. God, in Jesus Christ visits us to show mercy, give light lead us into peace. This was of great comfort to the people. The had hope in which to live in the here and now and they also could look forward with future hope.
The times in which we live are not dissimilar to Jesus’ day. There is dis-ease, unrest, war and rumors of war. Troubles affect us personally as well. Many wonder if this world is all there is! Many people live in fear and uncertainty. Too often, the same fears and worries leak into the church rather than offering the hope of the one who visited us.
So, in the midst of this, God’s people have a great calling. We are called to reflect the light of Jesus and remind them that God still visits people. This is not just Old Testament stuff or even New Testament stuff; this doesn’t only happen to other people. He still visits people, He wants to visit you and impact your eternal destiny. My simple appeal to you is that you be open to—and even courageous enough to ask for—a visit from God. Tell him about your struggle, share your life.
The great Theologian Charles Spurgeon, wrote: “The visits of God are like the new dawn, because they end our darkness. The dayspring banishes the night… Our night is ended once for all when we behold God visiting us in Jesus Christ… if you can but get a view of Christ, morning will have come to you!”
In His Peace,