Blog 90 for 12-15-2018
THE MIRACLE, THE MESSAGE, THE MOMENT
Last Sunday, December 9, I began a Christmas 3 part mini series on Christ our dear Lord, the main reason for the season. Right in the middle of this series, Darrel Gash and the RFC Singers, in a concert of Christmas music on Sunday, December 16, at 6:00 p.m., are emphasizing the fact that CHRISTMAS IS JESUS.
The birth of our Lord was a miracle birth, because He was virgin born. He is the only One in human history to be born of a virgin. The revelation of His virgin birth is a great truth of the Bible that cannot, and must not be ignored. As soon as sin entered the world, God revealed that a Savior would be born of a virgin. The virgin birth was historically prophesied when Isaiah the prophet announced it in Isaiah 7:14. The reality of this virgin birth is recorded in Luke 2:7, and declares that the Baby Jesus had an earthly mother, but no earthly father. He, the Baby, was of the heavenly Father, but no heavenly mother.
The virgin birth has been attacked, assailed and assaulted through the years by liberal professors and preachers. However, the attacks and denials do not change the fact of reality! The virgin birth is foundational. If a person is wrong about the virgin birth of the Christmas Baby, they will be wrong about the person and work of Christ in all areas.
Christmas 2018 is the time to celebrate the incredible miracle of our Lord’s birth in the manger of Bethlehem. It is the message that must be continually proclaimed, and the moment in the cradle that must forever be honored and exalted!
Thanks, Lord, for my greatest Christmas Gift!
Blog 90 for 12-15-2018
A SEASON OF COMFORT
The Christmas Season is a reminder of the truly great gifts God has for us. And, as you know, the greatest gifts are not always tangible. We can’t touch the gift; we can’t open the wrapping; we can’t see it, but we can feel it and experience it like the gift above all gifts, the gift of Redeeming love. It is the prized gift from which all others flow.
Scripture tells us that Jesus came to lift our burdens; to heal our hurts; to liberate our oppression; to give us abundant life; and, to comfort us in our grief. We don’t have to be weighted down. If we are, all we have to do is look to Jesus, turn our eyes upon Him, cast our care upon Him, because He cares for us.
Don’t worry about the challenges of life that face us all. But rather, live nestled in the arms of our great Shepherd, Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God. According to I Cor. 1:3, God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is the God of all Comfort. God, Himself, says in Isaiah 51:12, “I, even I, am He that comforteth you.”
Christmas truly is a season of Hope, COMFORT, and great joy! His rod and His staff comfort me. Praise His Name! Why not “spread the tidings around wherever man is found; wherever human hearts and human woes abound. Let every Christian tongue proclaim the joyful sound, The Comforter has come.” (Words by Frank Bottome)
In our church hymn book on page 579 are a compilation of “comfort” scriptures. Here is the reading.
“This is what the Lord says-He who created you: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; You are mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with you. And when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned. I am the Lord, your God. So do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. When you call upon me I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jesus said, Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, and you will find rest for your souls.”
How much more wonderful can you get??? If you want to hear more, turn to page 598 in the Nazarene Hymn Book and read those scriptures.
Thank God for the Christmas Season that reminds us of our greatest gifts.
1. The Holy Gift of Baby Jesus, God incarnate.
2. The Gift of Redemption through Jesus’ sacrifice on the old Rugged Cross.
3. The gift of the Holy Spirit to live in us and through us.
4. The gift of intercession; Jesus seated at the Father’s right hand making intercession for us.
5. The gifts of HOPE and COMFORT in a darkened world.
Living Comfortably because of Jesus,