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A Season of Gratitude

 

The below is something written primarily for a Christian prayer and support site that I participate in on facebook, All Things Through Christ.   Normally, what is written here is almost always about politics, but this article shall be one of sheer gratitude, earthly and otherwise,  which this season is not entirely off topic.    I’d be remiss therefore, if I did not share this here.   As we thank God for a President who is not at all shy about anything, we remember to thank God for His gifting us with an earthly leader who recognizes  and worships the Divinity of  God.  He does so  loudly, celebrating the birth of our ultimate leader, God the Father, Christ the Lord, His Holy Spirit.  Thank you, Lord!!  In this gift, to You, only to You Lord be the glory! 

As we celebrate the coming of Christ in the Incarnation of God through the virgin birth, remember that His coming as human flesh, was a huge part of His sacrifice for the justification of man.

“This journey of Christ began with the Incarnation. Fuller (Unity of the Bible) says that it would help to picture this as if Jesus were ‘descending a winding staircase stretching for a very long distance from the glory of heaven above far down into a world of watched misery. Each downward step in leaving this glory increased the pain Jesus underwent to pay for our sins’. His point is that ‘a good part of the severity of the punishment Jesus suffered for us consisted in coming down this staircase whose length cannot be exaggerated since it spanned the infinite distance between the Creator and the creature’.”

“Though the pain Christ suffered when He lived on earth is well known to us, it too could never be fully comprehended. He experienced the pain of deprivation, the pain of disappointment as those near to Him, failed Him, the pain of rejection and of facing hatred after He had given so much love, and finally the pain of death. Paul says, “He humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross!” (phil 2:8, biblegateway.com ) “

“That thought is an amazing paradox; The sovereign God of all creation has become obedient to the wages of sin, the last enemy of fallen humanity! But more serious than this was the eternal chasm that was bridged by His actually becoming sin for us. As Paul exclaimed, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor 5:21 biblegateway.com )

“As He hung on the cross having become sin for us, it seemed as if God the Father whose ‘eyes are too pure to look on evil; cannot tolerate wrong” (Hab 1:13 biblegateway.com) had to forsake His Son. So “Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” (matt 27: 46 biblegateway.com ) Martin Luther once pondered this thought alone and at great length while He fasted. He finally arose to say, ‘God forsaken by God?…..Who can understand it’? “

The Supremacy of Christ, Ajith Fernando

All the above gives new perspective into the words of Christ Himself doesn’t it?

“Greater love has no man to give up his life for his friend.” (John 15:13)

Does man have more than his life to give? No, of course not but Jesus does. He gave up more… His Divinity, which is more of course than any man could do, which is what makes His sacrifice the justification for our sins. No one else could do it.

Hallelujah, A King is born who is Christ the Lord. Thank you Jesus.

 

The Divinity of Jesus

N.B:  I had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. David Limbaugh a couple of times years ago.

Not only is he of course clearly intelligent, but quite possibly the funniest man on earth.

Understand that on that same evening I had spoken with Jackie Mason.

David Limbaugh’s new book “The True Jesus (Uncovering the Divinity of Christ through the Gospels) had been brought to my attention thru what my sisters in Christ often refer to as a”Godincidence”. Taking the spiritual hint, I bought a kindle copy so I could begin reading immediately. 

“The True Jesus” is a profound work of scholarship and of faith.  You will fly through it, not because it is written simply, but because it is simply well written.  It is also seamlessly organized.  Mr. Limbaugh’s latest work supplies the background of the culture and the times as they existed before the birth of Christ in the days of the Roman Empire between the old and new testaments. 

Buy the book, buy it, and buy it again. You are going to be driven to give your copy away to those that you love without reservation.  You will need to squirrel away a couple copies for yourself and may I suggest that you bury one in a strong box in the back yard.  You just never know.

Mr. Limbaugh reveals the divine forethought and planning of salvation in such a smooth manner as to make the reader wonder why no one has written this book or one like it before.  There are some interesting idiosyncratic tidbits about the culture of the times in the Holy Land and beyond, leading up to the birth of our Savior.  I’ll let you discover them for yourself.  But the love of Christ and His word is embedded in each chapter of the book. 

Mr. Limbaugh describes the perfect confluence of cultural, geographical, infrastructural circumstances, as well as of language and religions as practiced up until the time of Christ. The evidence provided serves not only to support faithful reading of holy scripture but to delineate the perfection of God’s plan for our salvation that existed from the beginning, but to glorify the perfection and mighty wisdom of our God.  “No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God –his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began.” 1 Corinthians 2; 7. 

 “The True Jesus” emphasizes Christ’s perfect mission in detail through the ages as planned by the Father and by doing so provides the soul with immeasurable impetus to seek His salvation. 

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