As I thought about Christmas 1999 and the new millennium I was encouraged and challenged by these thoughts.
God created us and has a vested interest in our welfare. When mankind turned its back on Him and ignored His directions, they discovered that God kept His promises. He had promised good, but only on the basis of obedience. He had promised disaster for disobedience.
But He also promised that He would not abandon mankind entirely and always managed to find someone who would obey, and He also said that eventually He would set the entire thing ‘to rights’.
When Jesus came to earth- His mission was just that- “Come or Bust’ to set the world ‘to rights’ again.
Part of it was to be a human– to experience its joy and its pain, the good and the bad– and at the end of His time here to finish the work of making it possible for human beings to come into a personal intimate relationship with the Creator of the universe.
Over the last weeks a retired lady who was the ideal in a Christian woman dropped dead of a heart attack. A drunk driver killed a young man who was anything of the kind. A young Christian woman about to give birth died as a result of a combination of complications and inadequate health care, and an inadequate health facility in Africa.
Young or old, we do not really control our own time of passing through this life. But we do control where we are going, by the choices we make. Jesus said, “The son of man did not come to condemn the world but to save the world though Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s on and only Son.” [John 3:17,18]
As this millennium closes, we reflect on where we have come from. In looking at the new millennium we anticipate where we are going. I’m looking back at the wonderful way God has led me. It has not always been without difficulty, but I can now see it was his hand at work. I’m looking forward to where I will be– with Him whom to know is life eternal.
And so I leave you with this blessing to the Hebrews recorded in Numbers 6:
“May the Lord bless you and keep you; May the Lord shine His face upon you
And favour you.
May the Lord lift up His face toward
You and grant you His PEACE”
©1999 D H Friesen