Haggai 2:6,7 — For this is what the LORD of armies says: ‘Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. ‘I will shake all the nations; and they will come…
I guess there can be a number of things we think of when we think of this scripture regarding prophetic events, at the end of the day, it all starts with the appearance of the Son of God in Bethlehem. For the Lord Himself to come among us as a man is the most shocking event in history. His birth began the shaking. From the census being called by Caesar Augustus requiring everyone to travel to their ancestral home to the disturbance in Jerusalem at the questions of the wise men looking for the birth of a king and the resulting killing of all babies in the region under two years of age. The shaking of the earth had certainly begun. Luther recognized the impact of the birth of Christ in his comments on today’s passage.
“I will shake the heavens; and the precious things of all nations shall come. This is fulfilled today, for the heavens were shaken, that is, the angels in the heavens sang praises to God. And the earth was shaken, that is, the people on the earth were agitated; one journeying to this city, another to that throughout the whole land, as the Gospel tells us. It was not a violent, bloody uprising, but rather a peaceable one awakened by God who is the God of peace.”
Christmas was God’s announcement that the kingdom of God is coming and the kingdoms of this earth are reining on a temporary basis. The king of glory came to live among us. He taught like no other man, he healed the sick and suffering, he drove out tormenting spirits with His word, He performed miracles that were undeniable, and even raised several people from the dead. He was rejected and executed publicly and was resurrected from the dead.
Everything about Him shakes this world and its system. His birth, His life and ministry, His death and resurrection, and the outpouring of His Spirit after His ascension all shake this world to its foundations.
This Christmas as we spend time with loved ones and friends we will also reflect on the implications of His birth. His prophetic appearance in Bethlehem 2000 years ago promises that His kingdom is at hand. Even now the kingdoms of this world are trembling and lashing out trying to stop the inevitable. Christ will come again and the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of God and of His Christ.