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January 5, 2014 - Another Day with Jesus - Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

posted Jan 6, 2014, 6:07 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 6:34 AM ]
  • God’s dream is that you become free of Herod (anything that tyrannizes us with fear), which is why the heavens called the Christ Child our Savior. He came to be the new, liberating king. But now that we are in the days after all the excitement of Christ’s birth, don’t be surprised if Herod has already tried to destroy all the hope we proclaimed at Christmas. That’s what Herod does.
  • It is striking how many times in the Bible a good person has to flee.
  • Never confuse the great dream with the battle that is before you. You may think the battle is necessary to fulfill the dream. But a battle isn’t necessarily even helpful to our dreams. For the sake of the dream, you may have to step away from battles --- for a while.
  • Just as the Bible has plenty of references to people walking away from battles, so does it have many illustrations of those same people walking into conflicts and battles. The challenge is knowing when to fight and when to walk away, which again depends on the dream God has given you.
  • Christmas isn’t the place where we stay. It is the place where we receive the good news of salvation --- news that is so good, it will threaten every Herod in every life. But a time comes for that hope to settle into the ordinary places of life. That’s the way the dream works.
  • The prolonged blanks in the story of Jesus’ life were inspired by the Holy Spirit in the writing of the Bible. The blank spots in Scripture claim sometimes hope is quiet, subtle, and at work behind the scenes.
  • After the Savior has entered the world what you have every day is another day with Jesus. And that has always been God’s dream for you.