DayBreaks for 12/29/15: Visited By Jesus
Luke 1:76-79 (ESV) – And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Yes, I know Christmas is over, but I learned something about this passage and wanted to share it with you.
In verse 78, the prophet said “the sunrise shall visit us from on high”…obviously talking about Christ. But what’s interesting is the word, “visit”. The original Hebrew word doesn’t just describe someone dropping by, but someone who is coming for someone else. In particular, it was used of a superior who is coming to visit a subordinate. But there’s still more: the superior is coming with a purpose – they are coming in order to do something that will change the subordinate and their situation forever.
Think about that in the context of the prophecy of the coming Christ child. The true Superior was coming, but not in a way that he would have been recognized at all if not for the wise men, the star, the angels on the hillside and messages from the angels to Mary and Joseph.
You see, if anything was ever going to change for us, we had to be visited. God had to visit us for our condition to improve, for us to be changed in a forever sort of way.
We have been visited. We can be changed as a result. This is truly good news!
TODAY’S PRAYER: Thank You, Father, for visiting us…and for doing so much more than just stopping by on this planet for a chat! Thank you, Lord, In Jesus’ name, Amen.