For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6
By now we’ve all heard about it – the infamous New York Post headline posted the day after the recent San Bernadino terrorist attack that read, “God isn’t fixing this.” Such thoughts echo among the cynical and the unbelieving.
But those of us whose faith is in Christ recognize a more complex truth. God came to fix this. He came in flesh as our Prince of Peace, our Redeemer, the One who makes all things new.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. – John 1:9-11
The problem in Jesus’ day is the same today: People love their sin more than they love God. They create gods in their own image to justify their sin and to appease their consciences, but they reject the One who came to save them because His way is too narrow and too hard.
Yes, HIs way was hard – for Him. For Jesus to become our peace, He had to suffer His Father’s wrath for our sin. And though God gave of Himself so fully to bring us peace with Him, we reject Him still.
This is why we have mass shootings, terrorism, murders, wars and strife of every kind: because people persist in their sin and in their rejection of Christ. I’ve said it before, and it bears repeating: It is not a political issue or even a moral one; it’s a spiritual issue.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:12
In His first incarnation, He came as a sacrificial Lamb. But He’s coming again, and this time, He’s coming as a fierce Lion, with great power and glory (Mark 13:26).
Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead. – Acts 17:30-31
That day is quickly coming. This season we celebrate His first coming, but soon the nations will mourn (Revelation 1:7) as His return signals the beginning of the end.
And even then, after every eye will see Him, and everyone will be forced to confront the wonderful and terrible truth that God keeps His Word, people will increasingly insist, “God isn’t fixing this.”
Oh, but He is – maybe not in the way or in the timeframe the world would like to see Him fix it, but He is fixing it. His slowness to respond is proof of His great grace.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. – 2 Peter 3:9
Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, Isaiah prophesied of His birth. The world grew weary of waiting, but now we sing of a weary world rejoicing. We serve a God who keeps His promises.
This Christmas season, keep one eye on the baby in the manger and the other on the sky. He is coming soon, and He will fix this.