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Know God in a Year #15 The Comfort of Foreshadowing

Simeon turns from praising God, to Mary, “This child is destined to be a sign which men reject. Your heart will be pierced also.” he begins.

God is speaking prophetically through Simeon to prepare Mary for the rejection of Jesus. He continues, “Many in Israel will fall and rise again because of Him, and the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.”

Truly, the thoughts of all, from God to Satan, are exposed by Jesus’ life and death. We are living at the end of a cosmic struggle between good and evil. In the beginning of this war, Satan had accused God of being selfish, wanting power and worship for Himself, claiming all, but giving nothing for His creatures.

What would you do if you were falsely accused? God put Himself on trial before the universe.*

In Jesus willingness to give, he became the expert witness,  suffered for love, and the Father’s heart is clearly shown (with joy).

By taking back his power over death, Jesus shows that evil causes death, even His. But He reverses death for all who choose love over evil.

By instigating Jesus death, Satan’s true character as the selfish one is evident, his hatred and jealousy of God (and us) is plain.

By our response to the character of Jesus we decide our future.

Even though evil discourages us, shocks us, and tries to destroy us, God heaps favor upon favor to restore us and says to Spirit, “Use My gifts to convince them that in loving Me will be their greatest happiness.”

*Romans 3:4 (NEB, KJV, RSV, NET, CEB)   Ezekiel 18:31,  Jeremiah 29:11,  Hebrews 2:14

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