December 27 –Time Out of Mind

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” Micah 5:2 (ESV)

When the maji came to Jerusalem, as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, they were looking for the one who was born to be King of the Jews. The supposed king at that time was Herod. He became concerned about this news, asked the Jewish leaders where the Messiah was to be born. They answered by quoting from an Old Testament prophet by the name of Micah. Our verse today is from the writings of Micah. The last words of this quotation remind us what a wonderful savior we have. The baby born in Bethlehem at that time came from the days of eternity. Sometimes we think of eternity as being without end. We must also remember it is also without beginning. One translation of this verse tells us that Jesus came from ‘time out of mind’. It is true that we find it difficult to conceive of Jesus, who was born as a human, as being without a beginning. But Jesus is God and has always been God. He created all that has ever been created. Let’s remember the promise that Jesus was, and has always been, and will always be the Son of God.