Friday, December 25, 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Warmest and best wishes from my family and small tribe to all Patriots this Christmas season.  As we refresh ourselves with a little "downtime" this Holiday, let's not drop our vigilance nor caution to the things which still storm and rage all around us.  (Judges 7:5 & 6 was the "drinking test" by which God would use 300 men to deliver Israel. It was simple, those who got down on both hands and knees with their heads practically in the water were disqualified. Those who knelt on one knee and lifted water to their mouth were of the select number.  The issue being they could be up and ready to defend themselves, having kept one hand on their sword while drinking with the other.)

Christmas Day
"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room (or them in the inn"—Luke 2:7.
Each recurring Christmastide gives occasion to emphasize anew the wonderful story of the love of God that led Him to send His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Christianity rests on three great pillars, the Incarnation, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Incarnation alone could not redeem sinful men. But apart from the Incarnation there could be no propitiatory sacrifice that would avail to put away sin. God became Man in order to die. We cannot, therefore, make too much of the mystery of the union of the human and the divine in Him who was both Son of God and Son of Mary. In Him we have the Daysman for whom the patriarch Job longed, one who can lay His hand upon both God and man (Job 9:33) because He combines the natures of both in one glorious Person. Bethlehem, Calvary, and the empty tomb, all alike should stir our souls and draw our hearts out to God in wonder, love, and praise.

PEACE ON EARTH

"Here Peace alighted once,
But could not find a home,
To Him who brought it, earth
Could give no room.
Him and His peace man would not have,
And in Shis Child of peace
Man saw no heavenly excellence,
No grace, no comeliness.
Peace in that cradle lay,
The Prince of Peace was there;
The fulness of His Peace
He brought with man to share."
—Horatius Bonar.

"The Continual Burnt Offering: Daily Meditations on the Word of God" by H.A. Ironside.

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