Unlikely Place, Unlikely People, Unlikely Person

An unlikely place

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” Micah 5:2

A daily devotional I read in December, “The Greatest Gift” asks, “Why was Jesus born in a small insignificant town?” My thoughts are that no one would be expecting it.

God’s plan of salvation through a baby in a manger in Bethlehem flew under the radar, a star shining in an unexpected place to announce the birth of the Savior of the World, not shouted from the rooftops of spectacular cities.

I think one reason was to protect Jesus until His time came to go to the cross and second to show how God accomplishes His big plan in small ways so that we could never take the credit.

The devotional asks a second question, “How does that make you feel?” It makes me feel as though a small life, in a small town, with a small platform, serving a small Christian school, teaching the least of the academic subjects, could after all make an impact for God’s Kingdom although the darkness of the world is not expecting it and I can’t always see the big picture.

We’re rarely going to turn on the national news and see a report of God working in the small town lives of people in our communities, but you see it don’t you? The enemy is trying to paint the canvas of the world dark while we, although seemingly small in number, come right behind him with a bucket of primer, white washing his progress with the love and light of Jesus in our hearts.

“Lo, His doom is sure!”

An unlikely people

It seems as though darkness today laughs, thinking it has won over our generation…but Jesus. He still has His remnant spreading the Good News, His plan of salvation has not changed.

Jesus did not go first to the Kings of the World or the economic forums of His day. He did not meet with dignitaries or rub elbows with the rich and famous to get them on board with the gospel so they could spread it faster to their big audiences.

Instead He first went to the meek, the broken hearted, and the oppressed of the world. He was without a home, walking amongst the poor, sick, lame, blind, deaf, and outcast.

He ministered to them then called them away from their way of life and invited them into His Kingdom, The Way. He called ordinary people to be His disciples and to make more disciples. He called people from small towns to make a big impact for the Kingdom of God.

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD” Isaiah 61:1-2

Where did He meet you? Was it when you were having your best day and on top of your game or when you were at your lowest and the end of yourself?

Jesus is still moving amongst us through The Holy Spirit meeting needs, healing hearts, and changing lives.

Have you met Him?

An unlikely Person

“Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing!”

Jesus, from a small unassuming town and monetarily poor, embodied all of the promises of God that were, and are, and still to come. He came first as a baby in a manger and changed the world through His life, sacrificial death, and resurrection.

Through His life we learned how to live, through His death our sins were atoned for, and through His resurrection we have hope that one day we will, too, bodily rise again to meet Him in the air. When He comes again He will reign as King!

The King is coming! The Kingdom is here! “behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” Luke 17:21

While on earth we can only see in part, someday we will open the door to heaven and the trials of life on this earth will seem like a bad dream from which we are waking.

Can you imagine receiving everything you’d lost in this life, redeemed and restored in the next starting with your prone to wander soul?

There’s Jesus in the flesh reaching out His hands to you, telling you “Well done!” as He pans you around, arms extended to see the cloud of witnesses you’ve lost on earth who have walked through that same heavenly door years before.

I’m sure we’ll hardly be able to take it all in and fall to our knees! All that was lost is found. All those tears cried in mourning will be replaced with laughter and joy!

But until then there is still goodness to be unearthed here and seeds of light to be spread broadly.

Little places, little people, little bits of His light here and there are overtaking the dark, even when we can’t perceive the impact of it yet.

Merry Christmas and never forget what God has done for you by giving the best gift ever J-E-S-U-S!