In Malachi, Jesus is the Son of Righteousness with Healing in His Wings
December 25, 2015
“But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings…” (Malachi 4:2)
Things hadn’t turned out the way the people had thought they would. The return to Jerusalem from Babylon’s captivity hadn’t been a joyous march of triumph but a slow slog of trying to rebuild a country too long neglected. The daily drudgery of trying to accomplish the most mundane tasks—finding enough food for the day, cleaning clothes, trying to find work—finally had taken its toll on the people of Jerusalem.
Sure, the Temple had been rebuilt, but no one seemed to care. Daily life was just too hard, and God seemed too far away.
Feel familiar? One of the things about Christmas that always catches us by surprise is how we always end up disappointed at the end of the day. Sure, it’s great to see family and the food is always great, but once you have opened all of the presents and hugged everyone, you’re pretty much left with just yourself…unchanged from the person you were yesterday.
Even if you get the gift you wanted, your excitement quickly fades. Get a new car? Great! Ride around and show it to all of your friends, and then what? Well, you put it in the garage just like you did the old one. The new computer? It’s faster and brighter…but it still goes to the same websites your old one went to. See what I mean? We end up with ourselves…unchanged.
And we don’t seem to have the power to change—not to really change. Our new year’s resolutions will only be last year’s resolutions repeated—because we didn’t do them last year.
That’s why Christmas is such good news. The good news of Christ’s birth isn’t that you can get something new, but that you can find a new you. The good news of the gospel isn’t that you can get to God, but that God in Christ, has come to us.
And not only has He come to us, He has the power to do something with us. He can forgive our pasts, transform our mistakes, and offer us a life with purpose and hope. He will rise…with healing in His wings. Healing strong enough to make the worst moment of your life the first moment of your testimony.
The good news of Christmas is Christ has come to our messed up, broken, despairing world…and He’s strong enough to do something about it.