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  1. Glory to God in the Highest (Luke 2:8-20)

    December 29, 2013 by Pito

     

                                     

       Christ the Lord became a man. He therefore knows what it’s like to be a human, from the inside. He told us that unless we become like little children, we cannot enter the Kingdom. He showed us what this means as He became a baby in Bethlehem.

       When He arrived the heavenly hosts of angels announced Him to the shepherds in the fields. Contrary to the world’s view, shepherds have a high place in the economy of God because God’s people need to be led into green pastures and beside still waters.

      Jesus, the Chief Shepherd, raises up under-shepherds to care for His flock, those who protect the sheep from their enemies, be they wolves in sheep clothing or sheep acting like wolves.

       The angels who announced His arrival are instrumental in our world. They protect God’s people. They minister to them.  Angels delivered the law. They were called to train human beings to rule the world. They surrounded the Father at the first creation and they surrounded the Son at the new creation.  They brought heaven to earth as they sung to the shepherds.

       While the shepherds in the fields were faithfully watching their flocks, the angels appeared and told them not to be afraid. Good news drives out bad news as light drives out darkness. With peace in their hearts they marveled and so did everyone they told.

       God has clearly directed us to go into all the world to proclaim this marvel of Immanuel, God with us in human form. We are to imitate the shepherds and the angels. We are the army called to declare that the light has come, life has come, the King has come.

       May our hearts be so full of the joy of the Good News that no one can look at us and not see the wonder of this King in our hearts.  Let us go together to the manger and partake of this bread from heaven. Come and eat God’s glory and know peace on earth and good will towards man.


  2. Jesus,Our King (The Entire Bible)

    December 8, 2013 by Pito

     

                                                     

       Our King is faithful. He has done mighty things for us. He is doing wonderful things for us. He will do even greater things for us.

       Our King is calling a people unto Himself, bestowing grace upon grace on them. Whereas once we were dead, now we live. Our King died for us, in our place and turned aside the wrath of God from us. He is being faithful to build the church through the centuries and He has adopted us into His family. What a glorious thing! Our King has come!

       He has given us officers by which He governs the church. The officers preach and teach His law and His grace, binding and loosing according to the Scriptures. Let us be thankful for faithful officers, a gift of God to the Church.

       Our King rewards us for our obedience, both in this life and the next. Our labor in the Lord is not in vain. Our King blesses us and rewards us. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift, our King Jesus.

      Our King corrects us for our sins. Let us be thankful that we have a King who does not leave us in our sin and rebellion. He is faithful to discipline His sons when and how much we need. Thanks be to God for our caring King.

      Our King supports us in our trials and tribulations. He knows how to help us because He has been there. He was tempted in all points as we are, but without sin. He is ready to comfort the afflicted and to lift up the downtrodden. He has come to us and He is not leaving.

      Our King overcomes all our enemies. We serve a King who has defeated Satan and death. There is none to compare to Him. He shall reign until His kingdom covers the earth as the waters cover the sea. Our King reigns!

      Our King orders all things for His glory and for our good. He has promised to work all things together for our good and we believe Him. With eyes of faith we look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

       Our King has done many mighty things for us whereof we are glad. We deserve none of it and yet we have blessing upon blessing. Our King is full of grace and truth.  King Jesus calls us to a meal, His meal, and we ascend to meet Him in heavenly places, that we may be one with Him and He one with us.

     


  3. Praise is Comely (Hebrews 13:15,16)

    December 3, 2013 by Pito

     

      We know God through His deeds and through His Word and they are both mighty, glorious and wondrous. In the Older Testament David praised God saying,

        “One generation shall praise thy works to another and shall declare thy mighty acts.”

       In the New Testament, Paul adds his praise for the mighty works done through the Lord Jesus, saying,

        “In whom we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His will, that we should be to the praise of His glory…”

        We show forth the glory of God as we speak the truth in love, as we encourage the weak, as we trust Him through our trials, as we provide for the oppressed.

       We also praise God by singing as we march to battle against His enemies and ours. God expects enthusiasm.  As we joyously sing together, we image the Holy Trinity.

       When the Lord judges, it is to deliver His people, to put the world to rights, to manifest His goodness, His mercy and His faithfulness. God’s plan is to draw all nations to Himself and He will do it, accomplishing His will on earth as it is in heaven.

       May the Lord be pleased with the praise of our lips and may He be pleased with the praise of our lives as we work out our salvation with fear and trembling.

       This morning we eat and drink from His table of Joy. He endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him and we endure our crosses for the joy that is set before us, to know Him and the fellowship of His sufferings. Let us now be delight to Him, as we remember His death until He comes again.

     


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