Message of Grace
“FOR BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED THROUGH FAITH; AND THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES: IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD: NOT OF WORKS, LEST ANY MAN SHOULD BOAST” EPHESIANS 2 :8
WHAT CHILD IS THIS?
"BEHOLD THIS CHILD IS SET FOR THE FALL AND RISING AGAIN OF MANY IN ISRAEL: AND A SIGN WHICH SHALL BE SPOKEN AGAINST!"
This is the glorious season of the year when the religious world and the non-
HE is a real person!
"AND SHE BROUGHT FORTH HER FIRST BORN SON, AND WRAPPED HIM IN SWADDLING CLOTHES, AND LAID HIM IN A MANGER"
Recently, I read a letter to the editor of a local newspaper, in which the letter writer questioned the historical existence of JESUS of Nazareth. Obviously, no one can go back in time and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that there ever was such a person, anymore than one can prove the existence of Marco Polo, Moses, or even George Washington for that matter. Yet there is a historical record of HIS existence found in the Bible. Ultimately HIS existence must be received by faith. (Hebrews 11:6) The Scriptures clearly state that HE was born of a woman and made in the likeness of a man. The story of the birth of the CHRIST child is not a myth or simply a religious fairytale. HE actually lived and breathed upon this Earth on which you and I walk. HE grew in favor with GOD and man and went about doing good, fulfilling HIS Father's will. As a man HE came to know the pains and sorrows of living in this world.(Isaiah 53:3). HE was tempted with the same temptations that you and I face on a daily basis.(Hebrews 4:15). And finally HE endured the pain and suffering of death (Romans 6:23).
He is really GOD!
"WHO BEING IN THE FORM OF GOD, THOUGHT IT NOT ROBBERY TO BE EQUAL WITH GOD"
Many religions of the world today will recognize that JESUS was a good man. Most even admit that HE was a prophet sent from GOD. They are impressed with HIS miracles, even as were the religious leaders of the Jews in HIS day. However the greatest objection that the religious leaders of the Jews had was that they understood that this man JESUS was not ashamed to identify Himself as ONE with the FATHER (John 10:30). One of the great dividing lines between truth and error, light and darkness, heaven and hell is found in our response to His open declaration that HE is GOD of very GOD. There can be no equivocation on this point. Either we accept HIS deity or we must classify HIM as a deceiver and a religious charlatan.
He is really KING of Kings!
"OF THE INCREASE OF HIS GOVERNMENT AND PEACE, THERE SHALL BE NO END"
The world at large embraces the CHRIST child and has fond visions of mother and infant, surrounded by livestock and shepherds, as strains of "Silent Night" fill the crisp winter air. After all, babies are so soft, cuddly and totally non-
We certainly hope that this holiday season is a blessing to you. It is our prayer that during the course of all of the festivities and happy times, that you spend some time reflecting on who this CHILD, born of a virgin, really is. Remember that HE is the SAVIOR of sinners and heareth such , who call upon HIM.(Romans 10:13)
CHRIST RECEIVETH SINFUL MEN
Let not the wise show forth their learning.
Let not the rich show forth their wealth
But let the poor bring forth their yearning,
And the sick their need for health.
Boast not today of your goodness.
Offer up no works of charity.
But confess to HIM your weakness,
And seek HIM now on bended knee.
If you, my friend, today are hungry,
And you find yourself in poverty,
Approach the LORD while HE's not angry,
And HE will give you everything you need.
For CHRIST receiveth sinful men.
Takes them just as they are and then
Opens up the prison doors and sets the captives free!
CHRIST receiveth sinful men
Originally published: December 2002
|1.2 The God of the Bible|
|1.3 Who is this King of Glory?|
|1.4 Jesus Christ the Righteous|
|1.5 The Sinfulness of Sin|
|1.6 Christ, the Lord|
|1.8 What Must I Do To Be Saved?|
|1.9 The Power of His Resurrection|
|1.10 Understanding Our Sin|
|1.11 The Whole Duty of Man|
|1.12 Christ is All|
|2.1 Enemies of the Cross|
|2.2 The Blood of the Lamb|
|2.3 Worthy is the Lamb|
|2.4 Why Do Men Perish|
|2.5 The Lord of Glory|
|2.6 Eternal Life|
|2.7 Vile Affections|
|3.12 What Child is This?|
|4.1 A New Beginning|
|4.3 The Son Stood Still|
|4.4 A Son Returns|
|4.5 You Think|
|4.6 Wise Men|
|5.1 Our Only Message|
|5.2 False Hope|
|5.3 Water for the Thirsty|
|5.4 The Shepherd of the Sheep|
|5.5 Blood and Water|
|6.1 Triple Jeopardy|
|6.2 Debtors at the Cave of Adullam|
|6.3 Comforted by Lies Wounded by Truth|
|6.4 Light at Evening Time|
|7.1 Do You Want To Go To Heaven?|