The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: ‘I will send My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way….’And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness.(Mark 1:1-4 NIVUK).
During this Christmas season, we remember and celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. Although Jesus’ ministry would not begin for another 30 years, God’s presence was now in human form on earth. But this wasn’t the beginning. God did not on the spur of the moment decide, “Oh, I think I’ll send Jesus to save the world today.” God was deliberate in His premeditations of what He would do. He planned for John the Baptist to go before Jesus with the message of good news. Then He took it a step further and told Isaiah about His plans to send a messenger 700 years before He was going to do it.
What does that say about God? That He’s a master planner? Sometimes I think I am so used to the answer it loses its impact. God loves us. The good news about Jesus the Messiah is an outpouring of His deep, deep love for us. God’s love is described as life-giving and steadfast; it is seen through His faithfulness and mercy, and nothing in all creation can separate us from it!
Have you felt that love? That is the kind of love that will bring you to your knees and with tears in your eyes and such humility in your heart that you will surrender all you are to Him. I pray that is the love you have in your hearts this season and that you will celebrate it as you celebrate the birth of our Savior who brought this love to us.
Kim Heumann works at Asbury Theological Seminary in the Department of Distributed Learning while her husband, Derik, attends the school. They plan to return to Michigan after Derik graduates, but they have greatly enjoyed living in Kentucky.