May we move forward remembering what Jesus declared, for truly He is the only “way, truth and life” and that “apart from Him we can do nothing” pleasing for our God. Let us not be those who “continually learn but never arrive at the truth.” And may we heed: “Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.” May we be a people, especially in these dangerously trying times, not caring more for the exteriors of our Bibles than for the interior. And may we never forget, but may we do as we are able, to provide Bibles for those who just wish to own one of their own. May we seek to be “transformed by the renewing of our minds” in and through the Word of God – “Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth.” Oh that we all would be given a much greater measure of understanding, sanctification and joy – “And this is eternal life, that they know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
Jesus – The Only Expected Person. “In all the history of the world Jesus emerges as the only ‘expected’ person. No one was looking for such a person as Julius Caesar, or Napoleon, or Washington, or Lincoln to appear at the time and place that they did appear. No other person has had his course foretold or his work laid out for him centuries before he was born. But the coming of the Messiah had been predicted for centuries. In fact, the first promise of his coming was given to Adam and Eve soon after their fall into sin. As time went on various details concerning his person and work were revealed through the prophets; and at the time Jesus was born there was a general expectation throughout the Jewish world that the Messiah was soon to appear, even the manner of His birth and the town in which it would occur having both clearly indicated.” -Loraine Boettner, The Person of Christ, pg. 42-4
What a beautiful promise and hope to come…“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away…Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will worship Him. They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and thy will reign forever and ever.”
Until then…”Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.”
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all!
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