5:2 But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days.
5:3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has brought forth; then the rest of his kindred shall return to the people of Israel.
5:4 And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth;
5:5 and he shall be the one of peace.
Micah was one of the last prophets before Jesus arrived. As seen in other prophetic books, the messianic prophecies emphasize a more peaceful and uniting messiah. They have not forgotten that the messiah will rule over all nations but they introduce the language of peace much more often. This is the messianic traits that we Christians remember during the Christmas season. We celebrate the birth of our savior but we also emphasize peace and good will towards men. This is not by accident but by design. As Micah prophesied, “He shall be the one of peace.”
Let us remember in this Christmas season not only that Jesus was born but that he desired for God’s children to be at peace. He desires for us to love our neighbors. He desires for us to live lives that are righteous and just. In all things we ought to do as Jesus did. WWJD is more than a cliche, it’s a way of life. Forgive that person you were holding out on. Welcome those who you do not usually associate with. Give to those in need and do it with joy. This is what the savior of peace instructed us to do.
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