A SIGNIFICANT CHOICE!
Wednesday, 26 June 2019
Micah 5 : 1-15
“O Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are but a small Judean village, yet you will be the birthplace of my King who is alive from everlasting ages past!” (Micah 5:2 TLB)
Among the many reasons that make Scripture authentic, the one that really means much to me is the preciseness of the prophecies about Jesus. The facts about His birth, life and death are so clearly laid down, that we find it hard to ignore. Today’s Scripture takes us back 700 years before Jesus’ birth when the Micah prophesied the exact place of His birth. It’s amazing to see how even the choice of the place has so much to tell us. God is able to do great things in and through the least expected places or people!
He gives significance to the insignificant – Although Bethlehem was the smallest among all the tribes of Judah, yet Jesus the Son of God chose to be born here! (Micah 5:2) Why would he do this? He gave value and worth to a very tiny place because of His Birth that even today it holds a very important name in the world. In the same way He chose you and me to be born in varied settings of life- the lowly, the weak, the poor and the despised. He chose us out of the many qualified around us. So now if we boast, we boast not in ourselves but in Him.
Out of the small, something big – The prophet Micah goes on further to describe 3 main characteristics of this child to be born. If you and I receive Him into our lives as the prophet describes Him, we will soon realize the preciousness of this SAVIOR.
He was called a Ruler (Micah 5:2)
The wise men came looking for the ‘King of the Jews’. Jesus further authenticated this statement in His response to Pilate in – John 18:33-37. Pilate failed to recognize his Kingship. Jesus goes on to say in John 18:33 – Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice. Have you heard his voice? Rev 3:20 says “Behold I stand at the door and knock and if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.” What about your heart? Can He come in and be the King and Ruler of your life so that you would no longer live for this world but for The King? Would you surrender your life to Him today?
He was called a Shepherd (Micah 5:4)
Jesus fulfills this prophecy when we see Him call Himself the Good Shepherd in John 10:11. This shepherd not only takes care but is willing to lay down His life to save the sheep. Why so? The prophet Isaiah in Isa.53:6 foretold how each of us has wandered off in our own way and the punishment that we had to bear was borne by the Shepherd. This Shepherd came to give us eternal life. He was born to die so that you and I would live eternally (John 10:28). Everyone who believes in this Shepherd becomes His sheep. Let’s ask ourselves this question ‘Am I His sheep?’
He is called the Prince of Peace
In Isaiah 9:6 the Savior to be born is called The Prince of Peace. Prophet Micah further reiterates it in (Micah 5:5) saying “This One shall be peace.” How did Jesus bring peace? Colossians 1:20 (paraphrased) says it very clearly “Through Christ’s blood on the cross, God made peace with everything in heaven and on earth.”
The gift of peace with God Almighty can be yours today if you receive the Prince of Peace into your life. God wants to reveal His glory in and through our lives— years ago Bethlehem was chosen. This day God chooses you to share His love, joy and peace to the world!
Quote for the day:
“You wonder if God has a place for a person like you.
Find your answer in the Bethlehem Stable”
– Max Lucado
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