The Lengthy-Awaited Messiah
We regularly consider prophecy as relating to what’s but future or to what’s now starting to occur on the earth. And we simply overlook that what’s previous for us was future for the prophets.
What we have to keep in mind is that with the approaching of Jesus Christ into the world, the times of success, proclaimed by all of the prophets, started. And ever for the reason that first Christmas we’ve got been dwelling in these days. The final days foretold by the prophets will not be the twenty-first century. The final days started in AD 1.
This e-book of 25 devotionals from John Piper helps readers refocus and meditate on the one factor that makes the Christmas season value celebrating: the beginning of Jesus, Israels long-awaited Messiah.
That is the uniform New Testomony witness. Paul mentioned in 1 Corinthians 10:11 that the Outdated Testomony occasions occurred to them for instance, however they have been written down for our instruction, on whom the tip of the ages has come. For Paul, the tip of the ages was not two thousand years later within the twenty-first century.
No. The start of the tip was already current within the first century. The long-awaited Messiah had come. So the author to the Hebrews (1:12) says, At many occasions and in some ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, however in these final days he has spoken to us by his Son. When God despatched his Son into the world, the final days started.
It’s a nice privilege to stay within the final days as a result of, Joel prophesied, within the final days . . . God will pour out his Spirit upon all flesh (Joel 2:28). All of the prophets regarded ahead to the day when the Messiah, the Son of David, the King of Israel, would come, for that will be a day of nice blessing for Gods folks. And now he has come, his kingdom has been inaugurated, and we stay in an age of success.
What we anticipate sooner or later at Christs second coming shouldn’t be one thing utterly new however slightly the consummation of the blessings we already take pleasure in, as a result of the guarantees have begun to be fulfilled in our lives.
Christmas reduce historical past into two ages: the age of promise and the age of success. So when Peter says in Acts 3:24, All of the prophets . . . proclaimed today, we see that he means these final days (Heb. 1:2), wherein God has spoken to us in his Son, the times from the primary Christmas to the time of consummation but to come back.
Christmas break up historical past. Foretastes of the long run abound. Drink deeply on what he achieved for us.
That is the place we stay. The already of success is massiveincarnation, crucifixion, atonement, propitiation, resurrection, ascension, heavenly reign, intercession, outpouring of the Holy Spirit, world missions, ingathering of the nations, church, New Testomony Scriptures, prayer in Jesuss identify, pleasure unspeakable, and bought certainty.
However the not but is actual and fantastic and ready for its time: the second coming, the resurrection of the lifeless, new and wonderful our bodies, the tip of sinning, glorification, judgment on all unbelief, rewards, entrance into the Masters pleasure, new heavens and new earth, Jesus current amongst his folks face-to-face, no extra distress, pleasures forevermore.
Christmas break up historical past. Foretastes of the long run abound. Drink deeply on what he achieved for us. And be stuffed with hope for all that’s coming.
This text is tailored from The Dawning of Indestructible Pleasure by John Piper.