The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.
They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
Yikes! A baby playing near venomous snakes? I can just hear the on-lookers now, “Where in the world is that child’s mother?!?!” This imagery gives me chills!
We live in a world of fear. We live in a world where even the thought of a poisonous snake may send shivers down our spine and fill us with anxiety. In the movie series Indiana Jones, even he has one fear: snakes! The danger of harm is real. The danger of death is understood. And let’s face it, the way they look is downright creepy!
But someday, death and danger will not be a reality. The birth of Jesus is the partial fulfillment of God’s promise to us that He is making all things new. Even snakes! God is providing a King who will establish a new order, a new Kingdom. Jesus’ Kingdom will be eternal. His Kingdom will be safe. And His Kingdom will be sovereign, overcoming all that once was. Jesus Himself will break the power of death; venom will lose its sting.
What fills you with fear and anxiety? What causes you to scream “Danger!” in your own life? Is it your health? Is it your financial situation? Unstable relationships? Unrealized dreams? Or maybe it’s something much more consistent, like a fear of the unknown?
God has provided an answer. Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
Looking toward His second coming and eternal reign, we see a picture of a new earth. An earth “full of the knowledge of the Lord.” The whole earth will function under His Kingship. Everything will be ordered according to His Rule. Everything will obey the Prince of Peace.
One King. One world. Everyone subject to His Peace.
– Dawn Mondry