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Hope of the Manger Kingdom
Today’s Reading: Luke 2:8–20

 
 

And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.
(v. 16 ESV)

 

As he walked into the temple that fateful day, Zechariah believed he and Elizabeth would leave this world childless. Half an hour before his angel-dream, Joseph was a man headed for divorce. The night before Jesus’ birth, the shepherds in the fields outside Bethlehem were cold, poor, and despised by most other people.

But then something happened. God’s goodness shook their lives, and their stories became forever entwined with that of His Son. Nothing was ever the same.

The King has come with His kingdom in tow—a kingdom that, today, is marked by “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). And it’s a kingdom where, one day, God “will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things [will] have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). The first outpost of this kingdom was a feeding trough—a manger—where the Son of God was placed on that first Christmas night.

Our hope as believers is not that we will never face disappointments, hardships, or loss—but that when we do, we have the promise of God’s goodness to assure us. He has already written the end of our story, and it is glorious—because, just as it was with those who welcomed Christ into this world all those years ago, our stories have become forever entwined with His.

 
John Greco
 
 
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