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Love drove the Father to send his Son, Jesus Christ, for the redemption of the world. Micah 5 pictures forth a vision of the kingdom and teaches us that Jesus provides lasting peace to all who receive him by faith.
1) Micah remembers the promise of shalom 2) The Messiah comes quietly 3) Jesus gives peace
In 700 BC God Micah, one of God's prophets, prophesied that in the future God would cause Israel's Messiah to be born in a little out-of-the-way town called Bethlehem. And 700 years later that's exactly what happened. Jesus was born in Messiah. This is one of many reasons why we should trust Jesus as our Messiah.
Spiritually speaking, the true essence of Christmas is God giving us exactly what we really need. In fact, even before anyone can hand Him a “wish list,” He has decided to bless us with gifts we will never receive without Him giving them to us. In our series, I have been sharing specific passages in the Old Testament that highlight the blessings prophesied through the Messiah, Jesus Christ. First, He is the savior who can deliver us from sin, self, and Satan. Last Sunday, we talked about Him as the Star of Jacob who is set to govern us. This morning, our emphasis is Jesus being our ultimate source of true peace in life. And our main text is Micah 5:1-6, with verse 5 as the key verse that says, “And he will be their peace.”
Standing up as God's anointed appointed
Now, many of you may know this, but in case you donâ€™t, Amy and I have 3 children: 3 wonderful girls Meredith, Landry, and Emma. Now I can tell you what my initial reaction was when we found out that Amy was pregnant with each of them. I can tell you what it is like to be in the delivery, and I can even tell you what it is like to cut the cord. What I cannot tell you though is what it is like to find out that there is baby growing in my tummy. I canâ€™t tell you the emotions that occur when that baby begins to grow and move, and I definitively cannot tell you what happens emotionally when you give birth. But scripture sure does speak about the concept of being pregnant or being in labor a whole lot. It is a metaphor that immediately strikes an image in your heart and mind whether or not you have ever been pregnant. Either way, towards that end, for anyone who has difficulty relating to scripture, Iâ€™ve enlisted the help of those who do know what scripture is talking about.. Here are a few examples from ladies in our church who shared with me via email what it was like to find out that they were pregnant. Great joy, followed by sadness as the child was miscarried after a only a few weeks into the pregnancy My response was joy, disbelief, amazement, panic, awe, and worry...all mixed together. Then I threw up. You don't want to use those words I'm your sermon! At first I couldnâ€™t believe it when the nurse called & told me that I was pregnant & then I was very emotional & gave thanks to God for blessing me with a child. We even had one mom say that doctor got her due date horribly wrong and it made it look like she had been cheating on her husband. They soon got a new doctor. I must admit reading those responses was entertaining and hopefully they helped all of you to get a picture of what it means to be pregnant. Clearly, finding out you are pregnant and being pregnant are life changing and life altering occurrences. Not everyone person has the opportunity to experience pregnancy and in those situations, we trust that God has some other incredibly amazing experience reserved for us. Well, this week at Sovereign King in the book of Micah, we are going to see the prophet use this pregnancy and labor image to set the minds of Godâ€™s people to a sense of expectation. So, whether we have been pregnant, never been pregnant, or even pregnant right now, lets do our best to get in the mindset of waiting for something with expectation. With that, we will ask, what is it that God is asking us to look forward to with similar expectancy as a pregnancy?