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Christmas, Part 1: when the earth shakes...

My earth has been shaking....whose hasn't? Between covid, politics, riots, racial divide...this country and our souls have experienced more than we thought possible in our world. Not to mention the personal battles of our soul and mind that we have all had to fight for too. Its exhausting. It seems so hopeless at times. And more often than not, I have wanted to crawl into a hole and never come out.


When the earth trembled, it was God. Kingdoms shook - God. When He marched, the earth shook. When He spoke, the earth shook. The temple shook at His death. The Old and New Testament is riddled with shaking. The heavens, the earth, the mountains, the seas...and all along, the people, who once believed in a strong and steady world, are shaking to the core themselves - us.


Malachi comes into the scene - the last book of the Old Testament and the book right before Matthew - right before Jesus' debut as a little baby in a lowly manger. Malachi, "the Lord's messenger", giving details of what would come hundreds of years later - to a people who have been shaken to the core....who need a promise...but who must patiently wait. "The Lord is great, even beyond the borders of Israel...For My name will be great among the nations...For I am a great King and My name will be feared among the nations...". So many promises for the people with only a partially recorded history of repeated forgiveness and love to count on. Then comes the ending of the book in high dramatic fashion - the Messenger that is coming will come the first time as a Savior and Friend, but will come a 2nd time as King and Judge. A dire warning for those who were on the fence, for those who were shaking and couldn't see what was coming...


"His voice shook the earth at that time, but now He has promised, Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven." This expression, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of what can be shaken - that is, created things - so that what is not shaken might remain. "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us hold on to grace." Hebrews 12:28


Will you be one that remains, or will you be one that is removed? Find Jesus...in a manger...as a Savior and a friend. Find Him as He rescues You from this life...find His grace. Brothers and sisters, celebrate the shaking - as it is a constant reminder that we are being shed of ourselves and being clothed in His grace, peering out, looking forward to our Judge and King to rescue us once more.

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