Monday, December 10, 2018
God Makes Everything Beautiful
He has made everything beautiful in its appropriate time.
– Ecclesiastes 3:11a
Seasons change, but God does not. He is the same yesterday, today and forever
(Hebrews 13:8). The moniker, “Altogether Lovely,” ascribed to the Messiah
(Song of Solomon 5:16 KJV) first appears a contradiction of terms, compared to
the prophet Isaiah’s description: He has no form or majesty that we should
look upon him nor appearance that we should desire him (Isaiah 53:2).
Consider first the Suffering Savior. Jesus was flogged and bloodied beyond
recognition. He was paraded through the streets of Jerusalem, repulsed and
reviled by the growing mob. His appearance was so marred by our sin and
iniquity that His own Father turned His back on Him. Yet it pleased the Lord
to bruise His Son (Isaiah 53:10). Why? Everything is made beautiful in its
time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
Jesus was lovely at the conception of creation, at the bedside of Jairus’ dead
daughter returned to life, lovely in the eyes of the Heavenly Father, lovely
at the end of a vacant tomb. The Redeemer is still altogether lovely.
Holy Spirit, reveal to me the loveliness of Christ.
- Amos 1:1-3:15
- Revelation 2:1-17
- Psalm 129:1-8
- Proverbs 29:19-20
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