Morning by Morning, December 13 - Generations of God's Glory
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Let me hear Your voice as I seek Your face and listen for Your leading. ...
"An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of David, the son of Abraham.... Abraham was the father of Isaac.... And David was the father of Solomon.... and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations" (Matthew 1:1-17).
In all, there were forty-two generations from Abraham to Jesus. There were forty-two generations from Your promise to Abraham that "in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" to the fulfillment of that promise through Jesus the Messiah (Genesis 12:3). There were forty-two generations until it could be said, "The people who sat in darkness have seen a great Light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned" (Matthew 4:16 fulfilling Isaiah 9:2).
And how many generations have there been since the dawning of Your great Light? It's been many years - over two thousand - and many generations since Your first coming. How many more before Your second coming? ... We don't know (Matthew 25:13). But we do proclaim by faith, "Christ has died; Christ has risen; Christ will come again!" We eagerly long for the fulfillment of the promise of Your Word, "Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for Him" (Hebrews 9:28 NLT).
And every day of every generation between Your first coming and Your second, we welcome Your great Light within us. We welcome the great Light of our promised Messiah to shine in us and shine through us to change the world around us in our generation. Every generation is to be generation of God's glory.
You are "the Light of the world" (John 8:12). And in Christ - through Christ in us, the coming of Jesus the Messiah in our hearts and lives - we are to be "the light of the world" in our generation (Matthew 5:14). "Christ in (us), the hope of glory" - The light of Your glory shining through us as the body of Christ, filled with the Spirit of Christ, here in our hearts and here in our world (Colossians 1:27; Romans 8:9).
Come, Lord Jesus. One day soon You'll come again, shining with light of Your glory "on the clouds of heaven" (Matthew 24:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:16). Come let the light of Your glory shine through me today (Philippians 2:15). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
May you shine with light of God's glory through your life in Christ today, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!