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Christmas in 2 … Looking Back to Look Forward

Part 3 of 4 … Two days to Christmas. We look back to that original Christmas Day with such celebration. But for centuries, they looked forward to it.

This week, each day, we will see something from the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament text, that points to the event for which they longed.

The Point in Time …

We’ve seen the place (Bethlehem) and the presents (Magi/treasures presented), but another aspect is the timing. The very words of Daniel 9 point to the clear truth that God is the author, keeper, and controller of history and of future events alike. Basically, we are on his timetable and he is not on our timeline.

We are God’s timetable – not the other way around!

Tucked in chapter 9 of Daniel is the seventy sevens – a passage that has caused head scratching for centuries. But looked at in depth, seeing the events of the next 450 or so years, many see this passage pointing to the coming of the Messiah who would …

  • Finish transgressions
  • Make an end to sins
  • Make reconciliation for iniquity
  • Bring in everlasting righteousness
  • Be anointed as the Most Holy

Paul writes in Galatians 4 about when the fullness of time has come … just the right time. This uses a concept of the glass is full, ready to overflow. That’s the timing of Jesus bursting in on the scene. Perfect timing.

We are God’s timetable – not the other way around!

– me

So stop fretting about the future. God is in control.

Last thought – don’t look for scripture to know exactly when he is coming back again. They asked Jesus that one day and he said that was the wrong things to ask. No one knows – just keep on sharing the good news. That’s our job now.

So, joy to the world the Lord has come. At just the right time too. And until he comes back, I’ll keep on praising, keep on sharing, keep on waiting, keep on working! He’ll come in his timing, not mine!

For a great article shedding some light on the 70 sevens, look at this one by Jews for Jesus

Thursday Thought – 60 Second Wisdom

It’s amazing to see all the projects being done and home improvements taking place. I hear Lowe’s, True Value, and other places are setting sales records. And with garden season upon us, I expect that to kick in to high gear too.

I imagine Xbox and other game platforms are also being used quite much. I know I’ve spent more time reading lately. I love books.

And while these themselves are not bad, we must take caution. Do not let things of this world take away from what’s really important.

When we are drawn towards the worldly things that we love most, we are drawn away from the heavenly One who loves us most.

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth

Paul, Col 3.2

Where are you being drawn to?

Lord, May my thoughts be on You and Your ways first, today and always.

Time – too much, too little, too fast, too slow … too bad

Church went long yesterday. I don’t do that too often – the nursery workers would plot a revolt. But sometimes it seems there just isn’t enough time.

We go to a movie and don’t complain of two hours before a huge screen. We attend a concert. And when it’s over, we cry out for more – encore, encore (maybe we just lift our phones with the zippo lighter apps – since lighters are not allowed).

As an empty nester, I remember days I thought my son was taking all my time. Now that he is five states away, I would love for a few hours hanging and just being there even if it was helping him at his work. And the last time I visited my mother, she thought I was my brother. Time with her is slipping away.

It’s amazing how time can be fleeting and be dragging – even though it passes at the same speed no matter what is happening. It is the great equalizer, for it is allocated in egalitarian units everywhere and to all people.

So, use time wisely. Make the most of what you have been given. Appreciate the time you have with people. Redeem the time allocated. And don’t waste it.

For eventually, time for certain events, and time with people, and time off from work, and the time of each and every day – will run out. Don’t like the fact that our time is limited? … too bad. Not much we can do about it. I repeat, appreciate what you do have – it’s a gift.

And if the preacher goes a little long ever so often, don’t get upset. Maybe God is using that little extra time to speak a little more of what you need to hear.

How will you use your time today?

Start with hugging those close to you. Time with them is limited too.

How Long Will You Live?

When I was a kid, I rarely ever thought about this question. This weekend, I went to three funerals. So it got me to ponder it.

Have you ever thought about it? Are you ready for retirement? What kind of health will you be in? Where will you live? Which kid will be stuck with you?

I saw an article yesterday that listed the 10 best countries to live in with minimal finances. I will need that list later if not sooner.

But I think we are missing the key point. We have an outlook that is way too short. We think we are headed to 65, 70, or even a hundred.

Before I get to my point, let me approach it from a different angle. From the perspective of a parent – when you think about how long your kid will live, are you preparing them for the fullness of their existence.

How long will your kid live? The answer – forever. Yes, eternally. And you will too.

Our short time on earth is just that – a short time. And we should use it to prepare for eternity. As I raised my son, I think I missed that point too often. I focused on happiness, skills for jobs, health, education – and yes, those should not be ignored. But it is the eternal that should take the priority in it all.

So, what are some ways we can do this …

  • Prioritize your relationship with the Lord over all eternity
  • If He is over eternity, and since He has revealed to us His way (the Bible), spend some time in the Word
  • When you look at things – remember they are temporary. When you look at people – remember they are eternal. So treat them as such.
  • Don’t fret over the temporary

Don’t let obstacles along the road to eternity shake your confidence in God’s promise. The Holy Spirit is God’s seal that you will arrive. – David Jeremiah

When you live in light of eternity – your values change … Rick Warren

Have a great day – but remember, it is just one day in an unending line of days!

My first five of 2020 to do every day.

Day 5 … be a blessing to someone

Day 4 … let others see Jesus in you

Day 3 … sing more, it’s healthy

Day 2 … power of staying positive

Day 1 … live with eternity in mind (this entry)

Pink Floyd … Time (Our Story as Experienced Through Music)

It’s a bit different. You don’t normally have your pastor tell you to listen to Pink Floyd in preparing for Bible studies. But that’s how I roll.

Every one of us has a story, a life journey that is filled with questions, drama, soul searching, relationships, and a search for something bigger, something beyond ourselves. We tell this story in various ways, but one way is music. And music seems to have a way to connect people … unless you’re talking worship music styles, then that is a whole now avenue we call worship wars. Ughh. Let’s do that another day, or not.

But music is expressive; it draws our souls and emotions. It brings out memories, feelings, joys, sorrows, and so much more. We may have different styles of music to express these emotions, but it hits pretty deep when it hits.

Week one of the study is the beginning of our story. We all have within us a void, an emptiness that we try to fill with multiple things or such. But it is there and we find we can’t really fix that void ourselves, no matter how much we try or how many ways we try.

One of the four songs I recommended to listen to was Time, by Pink Floyd. The song comes from his Dark Side of the Moon album that explored the darker side of ourselves and life.

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day 
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way. 
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town 
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.

It begins with a introduction of clock sounds. Bells, ringing, tick-tocks, clanging, etc., challenges us to ponder the passing of time. The instrumental aspect, as it builds from only instrumental, to adding more parts, then a guitar, and more as it reaches the conclusion … this show the progression of life, slowly starting, thinking we have forever, but time catches up and we never have enough of it.

Mankind does have a void. We are told eternity is written upon our hearts, and man can’t find the fulfillment without Him (Ecco 3.11). And we try to fill that void with so many things … which in the end, are all meaningless. But there is hope, there is purpose, and there is that which brings meaning to life and eternity … but it’s only found in God.

The song Time never gets there. It shows us the void without the hope. But there is hope. And what a great thing it would be if you know that hope. Don’t wait too long. Time does run out.

I also encouraged them to listen to How Soon is Now (which most found really dark), California Dreamin’, and Running on Empty. All show the void in our life.

Next week, Desire. So listen to Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, Stairway to Heaven, and More Than a Feeling.

Pleas note: this is not an endorsement of all these artists’ music, but an exploration of how these songs hit home when sharing the emotions and questions we all have when we explore our story.