May we each and every day, as we await the return of the Son of God in glory, confess that Jesus is both God the Son and the son of God, and may that confession bring hope, faith, and love into our hearts.
Joseph was motivated to obedience by the hope of a savior. His adopted son would make it so that he could be God’s adopted son. And that same truth applies to you and to me this Christmas (and beyond).
Zerubbabel had a choice to make in his waiting. Continue to live in exile in Babylon, or do the hard work of helping others worship the Lord. Zerubbabel made the right choice. How? Because he heard the promise of God, he knew the purpose of God, and he trusted the power of God. The power of God’s grace.
By becoming the curse for us he ended the curse of sin and death in the life of every Christian. That’s what Christmas is all about – curse breaking and blessing giving. That’s what our union with Christ is all about too, like Jeconiah the curse is broken and the blessing has come, not just on the outside, but inside our hearts.
As we think about the birth of Christ, may we remember that that humble baby in a manger is the lord of our lives who guides our hearts to follow God in his same humble submission. The humility of Josiah, the humility of Christ, now the humility that we share in him.
Has our enemy surrounded you? Has he besieged your hope, slowly starving it to death? Maybe try a prayer of faith like Hezekiah’s.