What an amazing God and what amazing grace! He made a creature that He knew He would have to die to redeem from sin. He gave up all of His glory and chose to live among such lowly, filthy creatures. Creatures consumed by sin and fleshly lusts. He suffered persecution, bore our sins in His sinless body and endured beatings so that by His stripes we could be healed. He could have stopped there but He didn’t. He died a shameful death on a cross for our sins, was resurrected and lives in heaven interceding for us there at the right hand of God. He could have stopped there but He didn’t. He came back as a Spirit to abide inside of us so that we who chose to accept Him as our Savior would never be alone.
27 For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory. — Col. 1:27 NLT
GOD IN CHRIST AND CHRIST IN US! AMAZING GRACE!
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
Jesus temporarily gave up all of His glory in heaven for one reason. That reason was to come to earth, be born as a human, live a perfect, sinless life so that He would be sacrificed for our sins. Some of the people then, just as now, never understood that. They were always trying to find fault with the things He did. Jesus associated with and ate with sinners. We must follow that example if we are to bring others to Christ. Do we actively “seek” those who are lost or do we try to avoid situations where the Holy Spirit might nudge us to speak to sinners about Jesus and where they will spend eternity? Do we hide behind the claim that we have not been called to be preachers or missionaries? When we pray asking God to send workers into the fields of harvest, do we exclude ourselves as being one of those who are subject to the call? If we do, then are our prayers really sincere? Since Jesus gave up everything to redeem us, what are we willing to give up to follow in His footsteps? Is our attitude one of “save me and leave me alone” or “save me and use me to grow Your Kingdom here on earth and in eternity”? To those that use the talents they have to expand the Kingdom, more is given, to those that refuse to use their talents to expand the Kingdom, what they have is taken away.
None of us have lived a sinless life, we all were once dead spiritually because of our sins and failures. Not knowing any better because we were born in the flesh, we allowed our lives to be ruled by satan. Under his dominion, we followed the desires of our flesh. These desires caused us to mistreat others and live lives that were disobedient to God. All of us deserved to die because of our disobedience. We were dead in in sin, but God already had a plan in place to redeem us and bring us back to Himself. Because of His great love for us, He sent Jesus to die for us. When He raised Jesus from death to life, He made a way for us to be made alive together with Christ. We should live a lifestyle that is pleasing to God, not because of obligation or debt, but because we love Him deeply and want to please Him.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous
It was decided before the foundations of the earth were laid and before man was ever created. The Godhead knew that the creature they would create would fall and need a redeemer. What kind of love causes a Creator to create a creature that the Creator knows will fall and He, Himself, will have to die to redeem the creature? This could only be conceived in the mind of a loving, compassionate Creator. A Creator who was willing to give up His position in Heaven and become as one of his creatures. From a throne to a manger. From a manger to a cruel death on a cross. From a cross to a grave. From a grave to the throne room of the Creator. It is the birth of that Creator that we celebrate in this season. Truly, He, and He alone is worthy of all praise, blessing, honor, and glory. Fill each day with hymns, psalms, and shouts of praise and give Him glory. Let the whole world know that God alone is worthy and eternal.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous
We have been commanded to “love our neighbors”. How do we do that? Let’s consider this fact: If you are a Christian, you have a free gift that your neighbor needs. If you love your neighbor, why don’t you talk to them and offer them that gift. After all, as an anonymous person once said: “The Gospel has come to you because it is on its way to someone else.” Since that is true, we need to keep it going until it circles the globe. Since it is free to you and to them, this should be an easy task. The reason it is sometimes so awkward is that our neighbors don’t know that we care about them. And as it has been said, many times, “They don’t care what you know, until they know that you care.” So, let them know you care and share a free gift with them, the Good News of Jesus Christ and His love for them. And, as Paul told Timothy: “go, whether, it is an opportune time or not”. In simpler terms, make time to care and the returns on your time will be worth much more than anything else you could have done.
God is omniscient which means He is an all-knowing God, He is never surprised by anything that is said or done by any of His creations. He is omnipotent which means He is all-powerful and thus He has the ability to fulfill every promise He has ever made. He was not surprised when Adam and Eve fell to satan’s delusions in the Garden of Eden. He already had a plan in place to redeem fallen man. 1 Peter 1:18-20 NLT Every promise God ever made was fulfilled when He resurrected Jesus from the grave. There is not one instance in the Bible where God has not fulfilled exactly what He said He would do. He fulfills them at a set time known only to Him. When “the set time” or “the fullness of time” had come, He sent His Son to die on a cross for our sins. When the time had come, He revealed His plan to us and instructed us to tell the whole world about that plan. He is not surprised when we fail Him in this plan. He stands ready to forgive us each time we fail Him because that is one of His promises to us as well. The Bible is complete, there will be no new Scriptures, but our understanding of those Scriptures is not complete. Hidden in those Scriptures are mysteries that will be revealed and fulfilled in His timing 1 Cor. 13:12,13 NLT
21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. — Romans 1:21 NLT
The Bible tells us in several places that only a fool says there is no God. If a person truly believes there is no God, then his mind will naturally be filled with all kinds of foolish arguments against the existence of God. Even the demons believe and know that God exists (James 2:19 NLT). They are not deceived about His existence, but it is their job to deceive others and they do that job well. We, as humans, cannot imagine the totality of what the Triune God is like. satan doesn’t have to imagine, he has been in heaven and in the presence of God. He is the father of lies and liars and as such, he has no qualms about deceiving people. He tells us little lies and half-truths about God and if we choose to believe those little lies, he has a foot in the door to lead us into total deception and darkness. His game is half-truths and compromise. Once he has gotten us to compromise our beliefs, he uses that guilt to take us farther and farther into his world of darkness. If we continue on the path with him, we will get to the point that we no longer acknowledge that Light exists and our minds will be forever darkened and confused. The truth never changes but our perception of truth can change. The truth is very simple. The Triune God was, He is and He always will be I AM. God is love and He sent His Son into the world to redeem the fallen world because He is love. The “why did He choose to do it that way?” part is not so simple.