Behold, I make all things new
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Emmanuel.”
– Isaiah 7:14(NIV)
There is no greater sermon than what is found in Isaiah when He prophesied the tremendous life of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Babe would be named Emmanuel, God with us. — Isaiah 7:14
Jesus was born among His very creation, and it isn’t hard to imagine the animals bowing in reverence as they welcomed the Child who would be King into the world.
For He shall grow up… as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground… He was wounded for our transgressions. — Isaiah 53:2-5
And He died with a crown of thorns piercing His brow. But Job wrote:
There is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And that its tender shoots will not cease. — Job 14:7
The world thought they had conquered the King of the Jews when they crucified Him, but Peter wrote that while Jesus bore our sins in His own body “on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24), the seed would live again — and He did. No wonder the Branch is coming back to reign (Isaiah 9:7).
This is eternity — it is coming.
We are told that Heaven will come down and to hold fast till the Lord comes. The nations will gather and come to worship Him. No wonder the Spirit tells us to come; let him who thirsts come drink, and the Lord proclaims,
Behold, I make all things new. — Revelation 21:5
The marriage of the Lamb has come. — Revelation 19:7
Gather together for the supper of the great God. — Revelation 19:17
As we celebrate Christmas, remember Jesus is not dead, He is not incapacitated. He is the King! He is coming back again! He came so as to make all things new and vibrant again.
Celebrate knowing that our Savior reigns forever and ever.
(Adapted from Where I Am by Billy Graham)
Dear Lamb of God, Just as I am, though tossed about, with many a conflict, many a doubt, fighting and fears within and without, I come.
I know you will welcome, pardon, cleanse, and relieve me because in your promise I believe.
I receive grace to stay strong and focused on you Jesus in this season of Christmas and beyond. In you precious name I pray. Amen.