December is over, and Christmas has passed. Even though the celebration and holiday is over, the message of christmas still have its power and impact. Last year I wrote a lot of Christmas cards to my family and friends. Usually you’ll find a prophecy from the Old Testament about Jesus written on the front of my cards. They express the mystery and expectations around the arrival of this new saviour. One of my favourite passages is from Isaiah 9:6 that I used a lot this year too. This little child, a son, who is also God, everlasting Father and Prince of peace.
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
This was the same man the disciples lived with for three years. They walked with him, heard all he had to say and saw everything he did, but still didn't seem to realise exactly who he was. Had they truly understood that he was the Prince of peace, mighty God and everlasting Father, I can't imagine that Thomas would have doubted and Peter would have denied knowing him. They even went back to fishing after Jesus had been raised from the dead. The one they hoped was going to be the mighty Prince of peace and saviour was killed and abandoned.
What were they supposed to do now? There could be many reasons why the disciples went back to fishing. Broken expectations, fear, shame or discouragement. Whatever the reasons were, something happens when they meet Jesus again. He lifts them up, creates a new hope and promises to equip them for the time that is to come. They were able to rediscover who their Lord was and continue in life with a new expectation to a mighty God, everlasting Father and Prince of peace who would always be with them, even if they couldn't see him. They were given a new focus that completely changed their lives.
Christmas is over for now, but I want to open my eyes and let the message of the saviour who came, the understanding of who he is and the faith in him grow. I want to challenge you to start this year by opening your eyes and let Jesus change your focus and give you his perspective on the future. This day, this week and this year.
//Written by: Oda Live