God visited man at Christmas
He prophesied about the coming Messiah as the visitation of the “Dayspring from on high,” which would bring light to those, “who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death” (Luke 1:76-79 NKJV).
Christmas is about how God visited man to give him salvation, hope, light, peace, joy and blessings.
For centuries, the world had been in darkness. Now, through the tender mercy of our God, the light was about to break forth in the person of Christ, shining on the Gentiles who were “in darkness and the shadow of death.” The key word is that God “visited.”
He visited as a Saviour to take away our sins (Luke. 2:10-12).
From the Scriptures, whenever God visited the earth, it is either for judgment or for blessings (Jeremiah 27:22; Mt.21: 10-17).
His visit often resulted in salvation, deliverance, healing, joy, peace, blessings, transformation, redemption, restoration (Gen.21: 1-2; Ex.3: 16-17; Hab. 3: 1-16; Psalm 8; 65:9 -13; Mt.21: 10-17; John 11; Lk.7: 11-17).
Christ came because fallen man needed redemption. He came to provide solution to the sin question. He visited man so that he would show him the way to God.
He visited so that man would be reconciled back to God, his Creator. He visited the earth so that the destiny of those who believe in him would change forever.
He came to change our identity from condemnation to those who now enjoy His mercy. He visited so that he would lift man from the bondage of degradation to the place of glory in Christ Jesus (John 10:10; Heb.2: 15; 1 Peter 2:9, 10).
Jesus visited the earth, which was his first coming. He will visit again, that will be his Second Coming.
Christmas should be a time to celebrate and thank Him for the first coming and to pray that He will hasten His Second Coming. Meanwhile, while we await His Second Coming, we know that God comes to us during occasional revivals.
Matthew 21:10-17 is an account of God’s visitation to Jerusalem and the amazing events that occurred.
This account is symbolic of what happens whenever God visits a people, a city, a Church or a nation. First, Jerusalem was ecstatic causing the people to ask, “Who is this?”
The response was, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.” When Jesus visits anywhere, His presence can hardly be contained; it is always overwhelming.
Second, He cleansed the temple that had been desecrated by the Jewish moneychangers. God’s visitation is always characterised by holiness.
Third, in verse 13, Jesus reminded those who cared to listen that His House, represented by you and I should be a house of prayer and nothing less.
Four, in verse 14, the blind and the sick in Jerusalem came to Jesus to receive their healing. This is another mark of God’s visitation.
Five, in verse 15, we find the children praising the Lord, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” Revivals are a time of high praises to the Almighty God.
Six, in verse 16, while the Pharisees wondered why Jesus did not stop the children from praising Him, His response was, “Out of the mouth of nursing infants you have perfected praise?”
There is no question that many individuals, families, communities and nations are desperately seeking the visitation of God. Our prayer must be that, just as God visited the children of Israel in Egypt; just as He visited the widow of Nain, and just as He visited Jerusalem, He would visit us again this Christmas.
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