Luke 1:26-28 (NLT)
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!
It all started with a miracle, but it didn’t really start here. I think that’s the coolest part of Christ – that he was the beginning, the transition and the end for all of us. So an angel comes down and lets the cat out of the bag – guess what Mary, you’re going to give birth to the Messiah because God has chosen you! Not that it didn’t start out crazy enough with God creating the heavens and the earth because he said so*, now he’s sending the Messiah in a way that’s sure to cause a bit of turbulence for then and until the end of this time. Go figure.
1 Peter 1:3-5 (NLT)
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
If you haven’t already done so, now is the time for us to be born again in Him. He has defeated death in a way that we can’t unless we’re with Christ. Waiting for us is the pure and undefiled inheritance which is beyond the reach of change and decay. God is protecting us by his power until we get it too! What an amazing gift. Ever wonder what it’ll be like when he removes his protection? Ya might wanna outta.
Ephesians 4:3 (NLT)
3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.
1 Peter 3:10-11 (ESV)
10 For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;
11 let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.”
Turn away from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it, keep your evil tongue from wagging and quit your stupid lying. Horrible things to be turning away from I know. As humans we’re all perfectly capable of doing it without Christ – not. I mean, look at the peace we have. I’m sure Daesh, the KKK, Antifa, Freedom From Religion, etc. are all looking to Christ for guidance. Or maybe that might look more like World Vision, Feed my Starving Children, Salvation Army, Samritans Purse, Compassion International, Kids Aid International, the jail ministries, etc.
Look, we were given a miracle at the beginning and for all time. Let’s embrace it and live in it the way it was meant to be lived in and embraced.
* Please prove otherwise if you don’t believe it – key word there is prove. If you can’t, then your theory is nothing more than that. Mine is more consistent though and has a source that doesn’t contradict itself…