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The word for Five Minute Friday this week is “News.” Make sure to click on the image above to find other people’s great posts in the linkup too. Here goes:
In my family we are all anticipating the news about the birth of a new little one in our midst. Every text I get or email that pings through on my phone makes me wonder, “Is this it?!” It is an exciting time to be so eagerly awaiting such good news.
This caused me to think about the good news about another birth that had been so eagerly awaited by the Israelites for centuries – the birth of the Messiah. Isaiah 9:6-7 says:
“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 Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.”
What a build up to the birth of Jesus! What a great thing to be anticipating for them. What a prophecy to have to live up to (although Jesus certainly did).
In another passage Jesus himself talks about how this good news had finally arrived for Israelites: “After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:14-15).
And so it is with any news we anticipate – but especially good news – that eventually it comes to pass and we get to experience the culmination of our time of waiting. In their case a new baby brought about the literal Good News in human form. In my family’s case the new baby will bring about a time of relief and rejoicing!