Two thousand years ago a deranged, paranoid man ordered that all of the baby boys in small, dusty, middle-eastern town be killed. Ripped from their mother’s arms these babies were murdered because of one man had been overtaken by evil.
When Herodsaw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he became enraged. He sent mento kill all the children in Bethlehemand throughout the surrounding region from the age of two and under, according to the time he had learned from the wise men. Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:
“A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud wailing,
Rachel weeping for her children,
and she did not want to be comforted, because they weregone.”
In Newtown, Connecticut, pure, unadulterated evil led another man to murder innocent children, adults and even his own mother.
In both instances, sweet, innocent babies, who had so much life ahead of them – birthdays, weddings, babies of their own – would not live to see life unfold.
It seems like not much has changed in 2000 years.
But don’t be fooled THINKING GIRLS. Something did change.
One dark, clear night, in a little town called Bethlehem, EVERYTHING changed. A child was born with the power to change the world.
Nowthere were shepherds nearbyliving out in the field, keeping guardover their flock at night. Anangel of the Lordappeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were absolutely terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good newsthat brings great joy to all the people: Todayyour Savior is born in the cityof David. He is Christthe Lord. Thiswill be a signfor you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a vast, heavenly armyappeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among peoplewith whom he is pleased!”
Whenthe angels left them and went back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehemand see this thing that has taken place, that the Lordhas made known to us.” So they hurried off and located Mary and Joseph, and found the baby lying in a manger. Whenthey saw him,they related what they had been toldabout this child, and all who heard it were astonished at what the shepherds said. But Mary treasured up all these words, pondering in her heart what they might mean.Sothe shepherds returned, glorifying and praisingGod for all they had heard and seen; everything was just as they had been told.
Thirty-three years later He gave up that power, every last ounce of it, and died a horrible, brutal death not just to change the world but to save it.
2000 years ago the world was a messy, miserable place.
Hope was virtually non-existant.
Until that night.
Today, the world is still messy and often miserable. But something is different.
We have HOPE.
so that we who have found refuge in himmay find strong encouragement to hold fast to the HOPE set before us through two unchangeable things, since it is impossible for God to lie. We have this HOPE as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast…
The one who came with the power to change the world did just that. With His death He saved every last person.
He saved the man with power.
He saved the woman with none.
He saved the lost and the hurting.
And He saved the children.
But Jesus called for the children,saying, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of Godbelongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, whoever does not receivethe kingdom of God like a childwill neverenter it.”
He gave everything He had to change everything, forever.
Just as there were no answers for the mothers in Bethlehem, so we may never understand why the events in Connecticut, in Oregon, in Colorado, in New York and in every corner of the world where there is hurt and pain and death and destruction, had to happen.
But we still have HOPE.
In Christ Jesus ALONE we can find rest and comfort and peace and restoration and healing.
The world will continue to be messy and miserable until His return. But we know He is coming back. We are assured that He will defeat a bitter and evil enemy whose only goal is to destroy our HOPE.
1 Peter 5:7-11
…cast all your careson him because he cares for you. Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion,is on the prowl looking for someoneto devour. Resist him,strong in your faith, because you knowthat your brothers and sistersthroughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering. And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christwill himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.To him belongsthe power forever. Amen
And the devil who deceivedthem was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur,where the beast and the false prophet aretoo, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.
THINKING GIRLS, don’t give in. Don’t let Satan have today your HOPE for tomorrow.
He. does. not. win.
Together we will mourn and weep and cry out for the lives lost. And together we will HOPE in the one who gave up glory to save us all.
He is no myth.
He is GOD.
Hallelujah and amen!
This is the good news for all people yesterday, today and tomorrow.
In the middle of messy.
In the midst of miserable.
He will be.
If you are are looking for HOPE. It is in Jesus Christ. He is waiting for you.
You can find Him HERE.