May 18: The Promise of Jesus

Read Micah 5:1-15

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).

He’s been around since forever. From the very beginning of the very beginning, Jesus Christ has been. So it shouldn’t surprise us that God spoke of Him way back in the days of Micah.

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah . . . 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” (v2, ESV).

The prophecy God gave Micah to deliver dealt with God’s plan for the hope of Israel, even after the judgment He was going to incur. But it speaks to future times, too. Things that, for you and me, have yet to happen.

“And (Jesus) shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And he shall be their peace” (vv4-5).

It’s the now and the not yet. For us, Jesus has come. And for those who believe, He is already our peace, the Shepherd who rules our hearts in the strength of the LORD. You and I can dwell secure because of what Jesus did for us when He conquered the grave after dying in our place.

But still, we know wars and instability here on the earth, because the promise has yet to be fully fulfilled. As amazing as it is that you and I can know that our eternity has been secured when we have trusted Jesus Christ with our lives, we still face trouble here on this side of it.

But one day the suffering and the hardship will end. It will be tangible, livable eternity in the very physical presence of Almighty Lord Jesus Christ at the literal helm, ruling over earth in His power and might.


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