Everything ChangedPosted: September 1, 2011
There is a beautiful song by Eddie Kirkland called, “Everything Changed“. It is actually a Christmas song but I leave it on my iPod all year long. You must read the lyrics but basically he walks us through the Christmas Story. He adds an edge of humanity that I think we forget when we glaze over the Christmas story every December.
While Mary was in the presence of an angel declaring the awesome news of Jesus, I wonder if she could have fathomed the events that would take place 33 years later…
Mary is standing at the cross. There her son, her precious first born son, is hung to die on a cross. He is bleeding, he is in pain and agony. How her heart must have grieved! Her promised Son …her baby boy, was dying on a cross.
As I listened to this song, I started thinking about something else. Remember Mary was given a promise when the angel visited her that fateful day.
“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Luke 1:31-33
So there she is starring up at her son, her dying Son. What about the promise?”Reign over the house of Jacob”? Where is His kingdom? Where is His throne? She had heard His teachings no less, but her humanity only had a right to question here! What was God doing? This did not look like the plan? From all outward appearances, I am sure it seemed as if God had forgotten his promise.
The song states, “when our dreams grow dim and our hearts grow cold He is never far from our broken soul!” (“Everything Changed” by Eddie Kirkland). We know now that that truth is only made possible through the cross Mary looked up at that dreadful day. He is Lord and King! He will return in Power! But at that moment, at the cross it seemed God’s promises died too.
Have you ever been there? I have. Life takes turns you never thought it would. A knock on the door brings news you never thought you would hear. You loose the job you thought you would always have. You have to move to a place you never thought you would or worse yet, say goodbye to someone you always thought would be around. Or maybe it is less drastic, maybe it is even partly your fault, but one day you wake up and you realize nothing is the way you thought it would be. You are far from God’s promise.
And there you are. Your dream, the promise is dead. The promise you believed God for is seemingly over.
But hold on. The death to our plan or even what we thought was God’s plan is not the end of the story. The cross was not the end of the story. Jesus rose again! And even that isn’t the end of the story. He will return. He is coming back in full glory and power! (2 Peter 3:9-10)
So although at that dark moment, just like at the cross, it seems like all is lost, hang on. God is not finished yet. And even though it could take years to see that or feel that, as believers we can find rest because He is Emmanuel! He is with us! God is with us!
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways And my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9