Saturday, December 01, 2007

Celebrating Jesus

My trip to the mall this afternoon confirmed that the Christmas spending frenzy is well underway. So this evening I thought it would be good to start of my posts for the month of December by reflecting on the birth of Jesus -- the only hope of sinners. I am so glad he came according to the plan of the Father to redeem his people from their sins. He is the only one who can rescue us from ourselves and bring us back to God. Whatever else goes on this month may we not forget that without him we have no reason to celebrate. He has come as the beginning of the new humanity to bring his people into a promised land from which they will never be exiled again.

Isaiah 9:6-7

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David's throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.

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