But you, Bethlehem though you are small… out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, Micah 5:2
“How much longer until it’s Christmas?”
When I was a Child, I know I drove my Mom crazy with that question as my children have me. Although we used a daily Advent calendar to count down the days to Christmas, they still found the waiting excruciating.
We can easily recognize a child’s struggle with waiting, but we might underestimate the challenge it can involve for all of God’s people.
Consider, for instance, those who received the message of the prophet Micah, who promised that out of Bethlehem would come a “ruler over Israel” who would “stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord”
The initial fulfillment of this prophecy came when Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Matt. 2:1) —after the people had waited about 700 years.
But some of the prophecy’s fulfillment is yet to come.
For we wait in hope for the return of Jesus, when all of God’s people will “live securely” and “his greatness will rule to the ends of the earth” (Mic. 5:4).
Then we will rejoice greatly, for our long wait will be over. Most of us don’t find waiting easy, but we can trust that God will honor His promises to be with us as we wait (Matt. 28:20). For when Jesus was born in little Bethlehem, He ushered in life in all its fullness (see John 10:10)—life without condemnation.
We enjoy His presence with us today while we eagerly wait for His return.
WEST POINT CHRISTIAN welcomes you to join us as we celebrate the Advent season of Christmas!