“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” — Matthew 12:40
Merry Christmas!!! I pray that this Advent journey through the Messianic prophecies has been a blessing to you. This morning we have one of the most amazing Messianic prophecies. It is amazing for several reasons. First, it comes from the New Testament and not the Old Testament. Second, it came from Jesus’ own mouth. And third, it predicts and declares His resurrection from the dead. Because this prophecy came from Jesus Himself, we should give it special attention and hear it clearly.
On this Christmas morning I want you to think of nothing but the fact that God is faithful to His promises and brings them all to pass. I want you to read the text above and note Jesus’ confidence about His resurrection. There is no “I hope” or “maybe” with God, only certainties! And here are those certainties for you today. God loves you with a passion and intensity that is unmatched. He loves you no matter what you say or do. His love is not a feeling or an emotion to Him. It is His very essence. His love drove Him to send His Son into the world to save and redeem you through His death on the cross. He proclaimed the certainty of the words “It is FINISHED!” by rising from the dead. Jesus laid down His life and picked it up again, just as He said He would.
This morning, on this Christmas Day, we are victorious saints of God because of His redeeming work. Our victory is as certain as His resurrection. On the eve of the first Christmas, angels proclaimed “good news of great joy” to shepherds out in the fields. This morning I pray that the message of the angels is not just a message but a certain reality in your heart and soul. Live in the great joy of all that this Christ child brings. Like Mary, ponder these wonderful things in your heart. And like the shepherds, return to your life praising God and sharing the good news with everyone you can.