Tuesday, December 9, 2014

All About Time - December 9, 2014

Isaiah 40:3-5;9-10 (New International Version, ©2010)
3 A voice of one calling:

“In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.

5 And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
9 You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah,

“Here is your God!”

10 See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.

If we were to go back in history from today the same number of years between the Prophet Isaiah's prophecies about the coming of Jesus and the actual events, you would find your self at the time of China's Mongol emperor, Kublai Khan, who was once served by Marco Polo, and who died in 1294 at the age of seventy-nine. His grandson, Temur Oljeitu, succeeded him, made peace with Japan and maintained reasonable prosperity. In 1291, Muslim armies captured Acre, the last Christian holdings in Palestine, marking the end of successful crusades, for the next 627 years, the Middle East would be in the hands of the Muslim armies and Ottoman Turks, until the British took over Jerusalem in October of 1918.

In 1297,Scottish rebel William Wallace leads ragtag band of Scottish clans to victory against the English at the Battle of Cambuskenneth, temporarily establishing independence of Scotland. In 1300, good King Wenceslas II ascends the throne in Poland, and in 1312,The King of France abolishes the Order of Knights Templar, accusing them of witchcraft.

And finally, 1325 marks the traditional date of the Aztecs arrival in Tenochtitlán (Mexico City). It was the Middle Ages, marked by bad popes, bad kings, the Black Death, and hordes of Mongols. No one had even thought about the Americas yet, although the Norseman explored Greenland a few hundred years before, and Christopher Columbus would land in the Caribean a couple of hundred years later.

Can you believe that its been over 13 years since 9/11, over 25 years since the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union collapsed, almost 35 years since the US Olympic Hockey Team beat the Soviets, almost 43 years since man landed on the moon, over 51 years since Kennedy was assassinated, almost 60 years since the Korean War, over 73 years since Pearl Harbor and WW II, almost 85 years since the Great Depression started , over 100 years since WW I started, and almost 103 years since the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank, over 153 since the start of the Civil War, almost 239 years since our Nation declared its independence from England?

Why the history lesson? All to show you just how long ago 700 years actually is, and that is about the same amount of time from when Isaiah penned what God had told Him about "the coming". We tend to lose perspective of Biblical timelines, because to us, time seems to be rushing by. But Isaiah saw everything so clearly; one would come to announce the coming of the Sovereign Lord and our Savior would begin to minister soon after.

And to think his coming began in a quiet stable in a small Judean town almost 2000 years ago, and each Christmas we can feel as if he has just been born. When we get to know Jesus, he becomes as real as the day he arrived, he is with us now, and he will be with all believers forever.

Digital Art Print of Good King Wenceslas by Carelde Winter


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