22 December 2017

This 'n' That

Well, Christmas is finally almost here. One week from today, the wrapping paper will all be smushed in the bottom of the waste basket, the pie plates will have been licked clean, washed, and put away, and the Christmas tree will stand as a mocking reminder that, lovely as it is, it must be taken down, and all of the decorations must once again be packed away for another year. In just a few short days, the Christmas carols that filled our homes and cars will cease ringing, beginning their 11-month silence.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.” And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25)
The incarnation of Christ happened in time, but, unlike our Christmas decorations and fanciful "Christmas spirit," its reality and effects are not limited to one month a year. Christ, the second Adam, came to earth so that He could live the life of obedience that we cannot and die the death that we deserve. Christ's incarnation is vital to the gospel. Without it, we could not be saved.
Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. (Hebrews 2:17)
Fleeting as it is, many of us love and enjoy the Christmas season, but how thankful we are that our Christ, the One whose birth we celebrate at this time of year, is not a fleeting Savior, but a faithful, immutable, eternal One.

Merry Christmas to you all as you enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • There will be peace on earth one day.
  • Assurance, good works, and sovereign grace.
  • The first Christmas was perfectly timed.
  • What a privilege it is to know the perfect Priest!
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Christmas reminds and teaches us about humility.
  • So...how do we apply what we've learned from the Bible?
  • We need senior saints in our churches. This article encourages them to keep serving, but I would encourage the younger generations to not neglect those with gray hair.
  • I used to love The X-Files when I was younger.
  • Jesus is our Prince of Peace.
  • I've always liked this song.
  • Who should come and worship?
  • Christ was born for more than death.
Think of it, the infant in the manger is the infinite one. ...Why this individual is not simply an eternal being, he’s the parent of eternity. All time proceeds from him, and he’s the author of it. And, of course, being the “Everlasting Father,” the parent of eternity means that he is the life giver himself. ...He’s the one who is the “Everlasting Father,” the Father of eternity. —S. Lewis Johnson

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