Archive for December, 2007

Pop Quizzes

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. –Psalm 25:4–

One of the first things that often comes to mind when we go through difficulties is, What have I done to deserve such a thing? But it is important for us to know that God does have lessons He wants to teach us during trials. I definitely want to learn what He is trying to teach so that He doesn’t have to repeat the lesson later on.

Remember in school when the teacher would announce, “Class, today I am going to give you a pop quiz”? Those who hadn’t studied weren’t ready for the test.

God gives pop quizzes too. There are times when He will bring certain tests into our lives. We find a good example of this in a test Jesus gave His disciples. The multitudes came wanting to hear Him, and they were all hungry. John 6:5–6 tells us, “Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, ‘Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?’ But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.” Jesus wanted to see if His disciples were learning anything. Jesus wanted them to say, “Lord, you are the Creator of the universe. You have a plan. We trust You.”

God will test you because He wants you to grow up. He wants you to mature. He wants you to develop a walk with Him that is not based on your fluctuating emotions, but on your commitment to Him as you learn to walk by faith. When a crisis hits, you will see how much faith you really have.

History’s Greatest Happening

Monday, December 10th, 2007

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given …” Isaiah 9:6

Some years ago, an American astronaut climbed down a ladder and put his feet on the surface of the moon, and the President of the United States said that was the greatest event in human history. With all due respect to that President, the greatest event in human history was not when man first put his feet upon the moon but when Almighty God came down and walked upon this earth. We call that the incarnation, and we celebrate it at Christmas. If you do not understand this event, you don’t have the golden key of all history.

How sad to know biology, the study of life, and not know Jesus Christ the Giver of life. How sad to know astronomy, the study of the stars and of the heavens, and not to know Jesus Christ the bright and morning Star and how to go to heaven. How sad to know geology, the study of rocks and geological ages, and not know Jesus Christ, the Rock of ages. How sad to know botany, the study of flowers, and not to know Sharon’s sweetest Rose. How sad to know history from beginning to end and to miss the central event in history, which is the story of Jesus – His story. A wise man is ignorant, a rich man is poor, and a strong man is weak until he knows the Lord Jesus Christ.

The God-Man
Who is Jesus? Isaiah, seven hundred years before the birth of Christ, wrote, “Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.” Now that’s not just a repeat of the same thought. There are two distinct thoughts there. “A Child” speaks of the humanity of Jesus, and “a Son” refers to His deity. God sent His Christmas gift to this earth. It was the gift of Himself – deity wrapped in humanity.Jesus Christ did not have His beginning in Bethlehem. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word (Jesus). And the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jesus was the One Who spoke the world into existence. And then God translated deity into humanity. That little baby in a manger is the great God Who created the universe. The little baby of Luke two is the great God of Genesis one. God became flesh.You may say, “I don’t understand that.” Well, I’d be ashamed of you if you said you did understand it. Article continuedOften when we think of Christmas, we simply think of it as the birth of Jesus. And it was. But we need to understand that it was as much of a departure as it was an arrival. From our perspective on Earth, a child was born. But from God’s perspective in heaven, a Son was given. “God With Us” Greg Laurie, A NEW BEGINNING

The Scripture does not say when He was born; the important thing is that He was born. The Scripture does not say when He was crucified; the important thing is that He died for our sins. “The Infant King” Dr. J. Vernon McGee, THRU THE BIBLE

Holidays sharpen grief. Celebrating such a treasured family holiday was on our minds even on that terrible July night when we lost Mark. I searched the Scriptures for direction on how to face this first Christmas as an incomplete family and God drew me back to Isaiah. “Leaning into the Pain of Christmas in the Midst of Grief” Dr. Charles Betters, IN HIS GRIP

Jesus is the greatest person who has ever lived; each year we celebrate His Birth as the coming of our salvation. Salvation is the greatest gift of all. Salvation is the only gift that everyone really needs. It is presented to us as the ultimate Christmas gift in what is perhaps the best known verse of the Bible. “Have You Opened the Greatest Gift of All?” Dr. John Barnett, DISCOVER THE BOOK